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bachelor

noun bach·e·lor \ ˈbach-lər , ˈba-chə- \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of bachelor

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
3 a : an unmarried man
  • He chooses to remain a bachelor.
b : a male animal (such as a fur seal) without a mate during breeding time

bachelordom

play \-dəm\ noun

bachelorhood

play \-ˌhu̇d\ noun

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Origin and Etymology of 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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bachelor

adjective

Definition of bachelor

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

Origin and Etymology of bachelor

attributive use of 1bachelor



BACHELOR Defined for English Language Learners

bachelor

noun

Definition of bachelor for English Language Learners

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

  • : a person who has received a bachelor's degree


BACHELOR Defined for Kids

bachelor

noun bach·e·lor \ ˈba-chə-lər , ˈbach-lər \

Definition of bachelor for Students

: a man who is not married

bachelorhood

\-ˌhu̇d\ noun


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