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
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
bachelordomplay \-dəm\ noun
bachelorhoodplay \-ˌhu̇d\ noun
Recent Examples of bachelor from the Web
During her modeling gigs in places such as Paris and Beijing, Ms. Kwong became fascinated with how cities function and got a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Columbia University in 2012.
Altonji graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor's degree in computer science and psychology.
Later that night, the entire group is gathered at the Lost Woods Resort for a joint bachelor/bachelorette party.
The starting salary for a first-year teacher with a bachelor's degree was $48,946 for the 2016-2017 school year, according to the Hartford Public Schools.
Still earning her bachelor's degree, the subject of psychology resonated.
Around 22 percent of black women now earn a bachelor’s or higher, a 24 percent improvement from a decade ago—the second largest improvement of any group during the period.
For the 22-year-old Wheatfield resident who graduated last month with a bachelor's degree in computer science and minors in Spanish, psychology and applied mathematics — mission accomplished.
Jonny Kim, who received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of San Diego before becoming a Navy SEAL.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of bachelor
1 : suitable for or occupied by a single person a bachelor apartment
2 : unmarried bachelor women bachelor parents
BACHELOR Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of bachelor for Students
: a man who is not married
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