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The noun 'spinster' is a word for a woman who is past a child bearing age but has never married.

The term stems from an era when most females were not educated and if not married became a dependent in the household of a family member. One of the jobs frequently assigned to an adult dependent family member (everyone had to earn their keep) was spinning wool and thread, literally the family spinster.

This may lead you to believe that the opposite of spinster would be bachelor, a male who has never married. That is not correct because an unmarried man of any age is not past an age for (the expectation of) siring children. Due to the gender disparity for most of society at the time the word 'spinster' was commonly used, no corresponding noun for a male was used.

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