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

Examples of bachelor in a Sentence

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Agau earned his bachelor's in English and anthropology. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Akoy Agau expected to return to Louisville as grad transfer," 22 June 2018 Karadashian earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies from San Diego State University and his master’s in education policy from Stanford University. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "PUSD bids farewell to 47 retiring elementary teachers," 15 June 2018 Receiving a standing ovation, Freddie graduates today with his bachelor’s in human service studies., "This 65-Year-Old College Grad Overcame Illiteracy, Addiction, and Being Homeless Before Reaching His Goal," 13 June 2018 At current tuition rates, the tuition freeze program could save students nearly $9,000 on their bachelor’s degree. Shawn R. Beals, Courant Community, "Charter Oak State College Offering Tuition Incentive Program For Community College Graduates," 13 June 2018 Bounds, a conservative who has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Oregon since 2010, received his bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University in 1995 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1999. Maxine Bernstein,, "Senate Judiciary votes 11 to 10 to forward Ryan Bounds' 9th Circuit nomination to Senate floor," 7 June 2018 According to his Congressional biography, Garrett graduated with both his bachelor’s and juris doctor's degrees from the University of Richmond. Carolyn Mcatee Cerbin, USA TODAY, "Rep. Tom Garrett of Virginia drops bid for re-election, cites alcoholism," 28 May 2018 Bolt earned her master’s and Katherine got her bachelor’s degree. Char Adams,, "Woman Attends Graduation Less Than One Day After Giving Birth: 'I Had My Baby Last Night!'," 24 May 2018 Baladad received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Ripon College in Ripon, Wisc. Alexandra Kukulka,, "Shout Out: Mark Baladad, Glenview Tennis Club general manager," 16 May 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


attributive use of bachelor entry 1

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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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