Definition of single noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  1. 1  [countable] (British English) a ticket that allows you to travel to a place but not back again How much is a single to York? compare return See related entries: Train and bus travel
  2. music
  3. 2  [countable] a piece of recorded music, usually popular music, that consists of one song; a CD that a single is recorded on The band releases its new single next week. compare album See related entries: Listening to music
  4. room
  5. 3  [countable] a room in a hotel, etc. for one person Singles are available from £50 per night. compare double See related entries: Holiday accommodation, Staying in a hotel
  6. money
  7. 4  [countable] (North American English) a bill/note that is worth one dollar compare double
  8. unmarried people
  9. 5  singles [plural] people who are not married and do not have a romantic relationship with somebody else They organize parties for singles. a singles bar/club
  10. in sport
  11. 6  singles [uncountable + singular or plural verb] (especially in tennis) a game when only one player plays against one other; a series of two or more of these games the women’s singles champion the first round of the men’s singles a singles match She's won three singles titles this year. compare double See related entries: Tennis
  12. 7  [countable] (in cricket) a hit from which a player scores one run (= point) See related entries: Cricket
  13. 8  [countable] (in baseball) a hit that only allows the player to run to first base
  14. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from Latin singulus, related to simplus ‘simple’.Extra examples A single to Stratford, please. Following the success of their breakthrough single, a follow-up is planned. Her catchy first single was a hit. Her new album features her single ‘Georgia Rain’. I got a single to Birmingham. I prefer playing singles to doubles. It was voted the best single by a solo artist. She decided not to play in the singles. She was in her room playing her singles. She won the junior singles. The band has yet to record a hit single. The band later released this album track as a single. The radio stations play her new single several times a day. They put out a single in time for Christmas. number one in the singles chart the classic comeback single from Take That the new single from the band ‘Therapy?’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: single