spinster --- älteres Fräulein
spinster chiefly [pej.] dated --- alte Jungfer hauptsächlich [pej.] veraltend
spinster dated --- die Jungfer veraltend
spinster --- die Spinnerin
spinster [law] --- unverheiratete Frauhttp://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/br...
spinster noun [C] old-fashioned
a woman who is not married, especially a woman who is no longer young and seems unlikely ever to marryhttp://encarta.msn.com/encnet/features/dictio...
1. offensive term: an offensive term for a woman who has remained unmarried beyond the usual age ( dated
2. spinner of yarn: a woman whose livelihood is spinning yarn ( archaic )
3. law unmarried woman in legal documents: in some legal documents, a woman who has never married
SPINSTER. An addition given, in legal writings, to a woman who never was married. Lovel. on Wills, 269.
A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856
A spinster is a legal term for an unmarried woman, aged 38 or over, commonly heard in the banns of marriage of the Church of England when the prospective bride is formally described as a "spinster of this parish".
The term spinster originally identified girls and women who spun wool. In medieval times, this was one of the few livelihoods available to a woman in order to live independently of a male wage. During the Elizabethan era, spinster came to indicate a woman or girl of marriageable age who was unwilling or unable to marry.
Nowadays, it usually connotes an "old maid", a woman who, for any reason, remains unmarried and childless past the conventional age for marrying. A typical spinster may be so choosy about selecting a mate that she never settles on one, ultimately becoming infertile without ever having borne children.