What to call a group of people in the society which are all single (meaning not being in relationship). Singles?

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    What’s wrong with just single people? Sep 25, 2018 at 13:55
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    Logically, not native speaker does not know what sounds more natural. If no single word exist (which I honestly thought), it s ok.
    – ludgo
    Sep 25, 2018 at 16:38
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    I don't understand the question. What's wrong with single that it doesn't fit? Sep 25, 2018 at 19:43
  • I do understand the question. I just find it funny. Yeah it's singles alright. Like, even German and Russian borrowed that, that's how alright it is.
    – RegDwigнt
    Sep 25, 2018 at 21:01
  • "Here, single people! Come here folks!"
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 25, 2018 at 21:37

3 Answers 3


Singles is a common word for this:

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/single (first noun definition)

Single people also works just fine.

I hear the term singles a lot when talking about events designed for single people to attend, such as a Friday Singles Mixer, but it works in any context.

Example usage:

I invited my friend out dancing on Friday. It's just for singles, so hopefully we'll meet some great people!

Note that it's uncommon to call just one person "a single", but when referring to a group of single people, calling them "singles" collectively is correct. When referring to one person, you'd use the adjective single ("he is single", "I am single", etc).


You could refer to them as unattached.

adjective: not married or not having a relationship with anyone; single

You could call them "unattached people".

In my experience, you would also be understood if you used it as a noun in the same way you would use "singles". As in...

I have started a dating service targeted at the unattached.

  • If the meaning the OP wants to express is, as they put it, "not being in relationship", then your "unattached" is a good choice. Some single people are in relationships.
    – Rosie F
    Nov 16, 2019 at 9:54


Definition of singleton

1 : a card that is the only one of its suit originally dealt to a player

2a : an individual member or thing distinct from others grouped with it

b : an offspring born singly "singletons are more common than twins"


further source and examples:


1.2 informal A person who is not married or in a long-term relationship.

‘At tonight's game there don't seem to be any singletons on the prowl, but there are three couples on the ice.’

‘And 1.95 million single women live in New York City - the Mecca of singletons - alone.’

‘Her job is so much fun, she said, and time-consuming, too, that she has postponed ending her days as a singleton, also fodder for the cynicism and suspicion of others.’

‘This totally non-profit venture will bring singletons together for a night of frivolity.’

Also, https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/singleton

Word forms: plural singletons countable noun A singleton is someone who is neither married nor in a long-term relationship.

Bank is a 38-year-old singleton who grew up in Philadelphia.

  • I don't think this is a correct answer. None of the definitions you provided match what OP is asking for, and based on personal experience, singleton isn't the appropriate word for this.
    – user91988
    Sep 25, 2018 at 20:58
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    I have never heard "singleton" used to describe a person who is not in a relationship. The definition does not mention that it is used in this way either. If you can find examples of people (i.e. native speakers) using this word this way, please edit your answer.
    – Laurel
    Sep 25, 2018 at 21:22
  • Here’s promotional material with someone using it as “a group of ... singletons” in advertising a dating show. twitter.com/courtneyact/status/1043760973130141696?s=21
    – dawdler
    Sep 30, 2018 at 12:35

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