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Words for people according to marital status

bachelor

noun

a man who has never been married. It is more usual to say that someone who is not married is single. An eligible bachelor is one who many women want to marry because he is rich and attractive. A confirmed bachelor is a man who does not intend ever to get married.

Bridget Jones

noun

a single woman in her thirties who is ordinary rather than perfect and is looking for a partner

couple

noun

two people who are married or involved in a romantic relationship with each other

damsel

noun

an old word for a young woman who is not married

divorcé

noun

a man who is divorced

divorcée

noun

a woman who is divorced

domestic partner

noun

the person who you are living with and having a sexual relationship with but are not married to. The usual British word is partner.

family man

noun

a man with a wife or partner and children

house husband

noun

a man who stays at home cleaning the house, looking after children etc while his wife or partner goes out to work

lady of leisure

noun

a woman who does not have to work, especially because her husband earns a lot of money

lonely hearts

noun

people who are looking for a romantic relationship

Mademoiselle

noun

a way of talking to a French woman, especially one who is young or not married

maid

noun

an old word meaning ‘a girl or young woman who is not married’

maiden

noun

an old word meaning ‘a girl or young woman who is not married’

matron

noun

a married woman

newlyweds

noun

a man and a woman who have not been married to each other for very long

old maid

noun

an insulting word for an older woman who has not been married and is unlikely to get married

singles

noun

people who are not married, or not in a romantic relationship, considered as a group

singleton

noun

a person who is not married or is not in a romantic relationship

spinster

noun

an insulting word for a woman who is not married and is past the age when women usually get married

war widow

noun

a woman whose husband has been killed in a war

widow

noun

a woman whose husband has died and who has not married again

widower

noun

a man whose wife has died and who has not married again

man and wife

a man and woman who are married to each other

sandwich generation

a generation … who are balancing working life with caring for both their teenage children and elderly parents

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dish

to gossip or share personal information with someone …

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