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singleton

[sing-guh l-tuh n] /ˈsɪŋ gəl tən/
noun
1.
a person or thing occurring singly, especially an individual set apart from others.
2.
  1. a child or animal that is the only one born at one birth:
    a research program involving twins and singletons.
  2. an only child in a family.
3.
Chiefly British. an unmarried person; a single.
4.
Cards. a card that is the only one of a suit in a hand.
5.
Mathematics. a set consisting of one given element.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; single + -ton
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  • She understood that a twin pregnancy was more vulnerable than a singleton.
British Dictionary definitions for singleton

singleton

/ˈsɪŋɡəltən/
noun
1.
(bridge) an original holding of one card only in a suit
2.
a single object, individual, etc, separated or distinguished from a pair or group
3.
(maths) a set containing only one member
4.
a person who is neither married nor in a relationship
Word Origin
C19: from single, on the model of simpleton
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Word Origin and History for singleton
n.

"single card of a suit in a hand," 1876, originally in whist, from single (adj.); cf. simpleton, etc. Extended early 20c. to other instances of singularity.

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