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Sep 7, 2010
This week's theme
Words related to spinning

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distaff
spinster
dizen
subtile
homespun

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spinster

PRONUNCIATION:
(SPIN-stuhr)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A woman who has remained single beyond the usual age of marrying.
2. In law, a woman who has never married.
3. A woman whose occupation is spinning.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle English spinnestere (a woman who spins), from the fact that in earlier times spinning yarn was one of the jobs done by an unmarried woman.

USAGE:
"Goldy Notay is a spinster whose mother is desperate to find her a husband."
Sarah Lang; Plenty of Pasta Preparation for Curry-Killer Film; The New Zealand Herald (Auckland); Aug 22, 2010.

"Liu Wei has already been compared to Susan Boyle, an unemployed Scottish spinster who became a global phenomenon last year when she stunned judges with her performance."
Armless Man Plays Piano with Toes to Win Hearts in China; Agence France-Presse (Paris); Aug 18, 2010.

See more usage examples of spinster in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Writing is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as the headlights, but you make the whole trip that way. -E.L. Doctorow, writer (b. 1931)

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