At What Age Is a Woman Considered a Spinster?

After the age of childbearing, which is generally regarded to be about the age of 40, a woman is considered to be a spinster. The Oxford Dictionaries defines a spinster as an older lady who has reached an age beyond the typical threshold for marriage. The age at which a woman is considered a spinster has risen and fallen throughout the years.

Once upon a time, an older unmarried woman was referred to as a spinster when referring to her status in the legal system. Historically, a woman was expected to be married by the time she was 20, and she was seen as an old maid if she was still unmarried at the age of 25. The phrase is still in use, although it is often used in a pejorative sense to refer to a bitter woman who is unable to find a spouse.