In relationships, a single person is one who is not married or in a romantic relationship.

Single people may engage in dating to find a partner or spouse. Not all single people actively seek out a relationship, however, as some are content to wait for the 'right' person to enter their lives, while others do not seek relations at all due to being asexual or disabled.

According to the United States Bureau of the Census, the fastest-growing household type since the 1980s has been the single person.

Loneliness can occur for many single people who look for but cannot find anyone they might wish to date, especially for those suffering the loss of companionship following divorce or bereavement. Some single people, however, regard and appreciate solitude as an opportunity.

There is a legal distinction between a single person and an unmarried person. Generally, an unmarried person may have been married and now be widowed or divorced.

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This definition is part of a series that covers the topic of Singles. The Official Guide to Singles is Jill Crosby. Jill Crosby is the owner/founder of the largest exclusively spiritual/conscious dating site on the Internet,, originated in 1998 and launched in 1999. During the first 9 years of growing she worked as a consultant in the bricks and mortar dating and matchmaking industry helping hundreds of singles meet their life partners. She is a dynamic public speaker, workshop/retreat leader and hypnotherapist. Jill has studied metaphysics since the age of 16 and practices living in the present moment and being conscious of her connection to ALL THAT IS. With an open heart and LOVE as her top priority in life, she coaches singles about self love, being truly present and staying in the Divine flow. Jill also communicates with dolphins and whales and facilitates Wild Dolphin and Whale Swim Retreats for Singles.

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