DYK: The word spinster once had different meaning

A Spinster is an unmarried woman today, but once the word had a different meaning.

Originally a spinster was simply a woman who made her living by spinning wool on a spinning wheel.spinster (1)

However it was so common for single women to support themselves that way that by the 18th century ‘spinster’ was a synonym for a middle-aged unmarried woman.  Spinster

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