bach·​e·​lor | \ˈbach-lər, 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

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Other Words from bachelor


bachelordom \ˈbach-​lər-​dəm, ˈba-​chə-​ \ noun
bachelorhood \ˈbach-​lər-​ˌhu̇d, ˈba-​chə-​ \ noun

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On Saturday, Lynn received his bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies. Jenna West,, "Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn Graduates From College Almost 30 Years Later," 12 May 2018 Cosby received a bachelor's from Temple, which was among few that waited to pull honors from Cosby until after the verdict. CBS News, "Temple University rescinds Bill Cosby's honorary degree," 27 Apr. 2018 The Sun reported Meek graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice and was the immediate past president of the University Line Dance Club. Jewel Wicker, Teen Vogue, "Thousand Oaks Shooting Victims Are Being Remembered by Friends and Family," 9 Nov. 2018 The job of driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile is reserved solely for graduating college seniors, preferably with a bachelor’s degree in marketing, public relations, advertising, journalism or communications. Fox News, "Love hot dogs? Here are 5 surprising frankfurter facts," 19 July 2018 Rodriguez, 25, received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public health from Rutgers University, finishing her studies in January. Elizabeth Llorente, Fox News, "Students, families struggle to repay billions in crushing loan debts," 6 Sep. 2018 Stockfish has both a law degree and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering, and worked as an engineer at Boeing and as an attorney at Starbucks, K&L Gates and Univar before joining Weyerhaeuser, the company said. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "Weyerhaeuser says Simons will step down as CEO in January," 27 Aug. 2018 Stockbridge graduated from Salem State with a bachelor’s and master’s in social work by 2002, and now works as a psychotherapist for Psychological Care Associates in Woburn. Morgan Hughes,, "Curing the flu, wedding dresses for soldiers, and food for the elderly," 13 July 2018 Michael Bronson, a military veteran and Art Institute student pursuing a bachelor’s of science in digital film and video production, doesn’t plan to complete his degree. Annabelle Williams,, "Art Institute of Philadelphia closing leaves students and employees with hard decisions," 12 July 2018

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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


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English Language Learners Definition of bachelor

: a man who is not married; especially : a man who has never been married

: a person who has received a bachelor's degree


bach·​e·​lor | \ˈba-chə-lər, ˈbach-lər\

Kids Definition of bachelor

: a man who is not married

Other Words from bachelor

bachelorhood \-​ˌhu̇d \ noun

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