bachelor

noun
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

bachelor

adjective

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

Noun

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

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Any associates, bachelors, graduate, medical, or law program counts, along with any diploma from those schools issued within the past 12 months. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Only Current Students, Recent Grads, and U.S. Military Can Buy This Mini," 14 May 2019 Reilly studied Spanish and history at College of William and Mary, paying for his bachelor’s degree by working as a supervisor at the park. Gabrielle Russon, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SeaWorld's interim CEO isn't your typical executive. Will it help the company rebound?," 25 May 2018 In May 2017, Schoen completed his first bachelor’s degree in finance at KSU. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "Former K-State basketball player, Blue Valley Northwest grad launches coaching career," 13 June 2018 Their bachelor and bachelorette parties were a surprise. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Everything You Should Know About Property Brother Drew Scott and Linda Phan's Wedding," 5 June 2018 In 2008–09, over 94,000 students earned bachelor’s degrees in psychology, yet there were only 174,000 practicing psychologists in the entire country. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "The State of American Trade Schools," 13 Mar. 2019 School officials searched in records and discovered Vogt had completed his studies to earn a bachelor of arts degree. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "105-year-old Navy veteran finally gets his college diploma from San Diego State University after 83 years," 18 Aug. 2018 With roles in more than 15 productions under his belt, Alderfer recently earned a bachelor of fine arts in performance from Baylor University. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land theater stages summer musical," 20 June 2018 Very few earn bachelor’s degrees (national figures are not available, but estimates range from 3 to 10 percent). New York Times, "Bulletin Board," 6 June 2018

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First Known Use of bachelor

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bachelor

Noun

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

Adjective

attributive use of bachelor entry 1

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bachelor

noun

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

bachelor

noun
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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