a sleeveless athletic jersey, especially a loose-fitting top worn by runners, joggers, etc.
a single unit; an unpaired or separate item.
Chiefly British. a man's undershirt or jersey.

1740–50; single + -et Unabridged
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singlet (ˈsɪŋɡlɪt)
1.  chiefly (Brit), (Austral) a man's sleeveless undergarment covering the body from the shoulders to the hips
2.  (Austral) Also called (in Britain): vest a similar sleeveless garment worn as outerwear
3.  chiefly (Brit) a garment worn with shorts by athletes, boxers, etc
4.  (NZ) a black woollen outer garment worn by bushmen
5.  physics a multiplet that has only one member
6.  chem a chemical bond consisting of one electron
[C18: from single, on the model of doublet]

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Word Origin & History

"unlined woolen garment," c.1746, from single (adj.) in clothing sense of "unlined, of one thickness" (late 14c.) + -et.
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Example sentences
Skin the rabbit-that's what my mum used to say when she pulled off my shirt and singlet for a bath.
His racing singlet still hung in his closet after four years, unwashed, a reminder of unfinished business.
He is wearing khaki shorts and heavy work boots and a less than clean singlet.
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