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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

unwed

1510s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of wed (v.). Unwedded "unmarried; celibate" is from c.1200.

WordNet

unwed

adj. of someone who has not been married; "unwed mother" [syn: unwedded]

Wiktionary

unwed

a. not married n. One who is not married.

Usage examples of "unwed".

For her, a woman could not be made whole but by marriage unwed, unringed, we were half-souls crying in purgatory.

I to-day, unwed, as free of thought as yonder bird chasing the catkin down.

The heir to the dukes of Garsenc was sleeping in the room she had just left, and Cadar was perilously near in succession to the throne itself while Ademar remained unwed.

Unwed mothers were not in vogue then, and I doubt she had any employable skills.

If I had not meddled, you would have remained unwed, and still be breaking all our hearts—would he not, Gwen?

If I had not meddled, you would have remained unwed, and still be breaking all our hearts-would he not, Gwen?

Otherwise the number and nature of its manifold idiocies had surprised even a former unwed teenaged mother who'd kept and homeschooled her profoundly deaf daughter in the teeth of welfare officers, bureaucrats and Uncle Tom Cobleigh and all.

Unwed mother, erotic dancer, carnival worker, calf roper, street artist.

Supreme Court last weighed in on the legal rights of unwed fathers in 1989, when it cut off all of the biological father's rights to his child, including visitation rights.