bach·​e·​lor | \ ˈbach-lər How to pronounce bachelor (audio) , ˈba-chə- \

Definition of bachelor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a young knight who follows the banner of another
2 : a person who has received a degree from a college, university, or professional school usually after four years of study bachelor of arts also : the degree itself received a bachelor of laws
3a : an unmarried man He chooses to remain a bachelor.
b : a male animal (such as a fur seal) without a mate during breeding time



Definition of bachelor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : suitable for or occupied by a single person a bachelor apartment
2 : unmarried bachelor women bachelor parents

Other Words from bachelor


bachelordom \ ˈbach-​lər-​dəm How to pronounce bachelor (audio) , ˈba-​chə-​ \ noun
bachelorhood \ ˈbach-​lər-​ˌhu̇d How to pronounce bachelor (audio) , ˈba-​chə-​ \ noun

Examples of bachelor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After interning at the Philadelphia Inquirer and graduating in 1991 from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in English, Mr. Shea spent six years as a writer and editor at the Chronicle of Higher Education. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, 27 July 2022 Two years after graduating from Amherst College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and natural sciences in 1972, Mr. Gluckstern earned a doctorate in organizational change at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. New York Times, 21 June 2022 DeLuca, a Philadelphia native, graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Legal Studies before joining the Browns in 2013. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 16 June 2022 Joey Wolongevicz is graduating Saturday from Salem State with a bachelor’s degree in geography. Dharna Noor,, 20 May 2022 Luna grew up in South L.A. and graduated from UC Berkeley with a master’s degree in journalism and from Cal State Long Beach with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and German. Los Angeles Times, 5 May 2022 Since most student loan borrowers owe a modest amount—the average debt from a bachelor’s degree is about $29,000—forgiving even the $10,000 that Biden has been considering would have a significant effect. Nate Dicamillo, Quartz, 8 Apr. 2022 After a stint in the Army, Andres completed a bachelor’s degree in education at Kent State University in 1954, and a master of fine arts at KSU in 1961. Steven Litt, cleveland, 31 July 2022 Truong earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science at Syracuse University and her master’s in public affairs journalism from American University. Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Looks like someone's ready to enter the post-bachelor period of his life. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 13 June 2022 So, to give himself a chance at medical school, Tatum enrolled in a post-bachelor’s pre-medicine program at Rutgers University-Newark. Globe Staff,, 22 Mar. 2022 The bachelor elephant group at Noah's Ark plays a key supporting role serving wider African Elephant conservation efforts as an important part of the European Endangered Species Programme. Vanessa Etienne,, 24 June 2021 Pumpkin, who lost her elderly partner, convinced Harris to forego his bachelor ways in the name of love. Mallory Hughes, CNN, 7 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of bachelor


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bachelor


Middle English bacheler "knight lacking retainers, squire, young man (especially an unmarried one), person holding the lowest university degree," borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Medieval Latin *baccalāris, variant of baccalārius, bachelārius "serf without land living in the lord's household, vassal lacking a fief, knight without retainers, young clerk, student," of obscure origin


attributive use of bachelor entry 1

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bach·​e·​lor | \ ˈba-chə-lər How to pronounce bachelor (audio) , ˈbach-lər \

Kids Definition of bachelor

: a man who is not married

Other Words from bachelor

bachelorhood \ -​ˌhu̇d \ noun


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