"to separate from the herd" originally in deer-hunting, often with forth or out) 1570s, from single (adj. Baseball sense of "to make a one-base hit" is from 1899 (from the noun meaning "one-base hit, attested from 1858. Related: Singled; singling. Early 14c. unmarried, from Old French sengle, sangle "alone, unaccompanied; simple, unadorned, from Latin singulus "one, one to each, individual, separate" usually in plural singuli "one by one. from PIE *semgolo‑, suffixed (diminutive? form of root *sem- 1) one; as one, together with." Meaning "consisting of one unit, individual, unaccompanied by others" is from late 14c. Meaning "undivided" is from 1580s. Single-parent (adj.) is attested from 1966.
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It is without a doubt that the Chinese market is growing with screens booming across China, that the market just cannot be ignored, requiring stories to be told that's geared toward consumers there, so much so that we're staring at many more co-productions from the other Pan-Chinese countries, or productions on the Mainland boasting cast and crew from established industries such as Hong Kong. There are some narrative restrictions that come with the territory with regards to certain negative portrayals on screen, and in this case it turned out to be smoking, where the act itself cannot be seen, but implicitly told through butt filled ash trays.
C. 1400, unmarried person, mid-15c. a person alone, an individual, from single (adj. Given various technical meanings from 16c. Sports sense is attested from 1851 (cricket) 1858 (baseball. Of single things from 1640s. Meaning "one-dollar bill" is from 1936. Meaning "phonograph record with one song on each side" is from 1949. Meaning "unmarried swinger" is from 1964; singles bar attested from 1969. An earlier modern word for "unmarried or unattached person" is singleton (1937. 1739, from watch (n.) in the "timepiece" sense + chain (n... Single (adj... As a conventional title of courtesy before a man's Christian name, mid-15c., unaccented variant of master (n. but without its meaning. As a form of address when the man's name is unknown (often with a tinge of rudeness) from 1760. The disappearance of master and mister, and the restricted and obsolescent use of sir, as an unaccompanied term of address, and the like facts with regard to mistress, Mrs., and madam, tend to deprive the English language of polite terms of address to strangers. Sir and madam or ma'am as direct terms of address are old-fashioned and obsolescent in ordinary speech, and mister and lady in this use are confined almost entirely to the lower classes. [Century Dictionary, 1895.