slang To attend some kind of event without a date. Nah, I'm just going to go stag and dance with my friends.
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to go to an event (which is meant for couples) without a member of the opposite sex. (Originally referred only to males.) Is Tom going to take you, or are you going stag? Bob didn't want to go stag, so he took his sister to the party.
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Go unaccompanied by a person of the opposite sex to a social event, as in John decided to go stag to his roommate's party, or Some of the girls are going stag to the dance. Although this term originally applied only to men attending an event without a woman companion, it is now applied to women as well. [c. 1900]
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go ˈstag(American English, old-fashioned, informal) (of a man) go to a party without a partner: Our dates were sick and we went stag.
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