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bachelor

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noun bach·e·lor \ˈbach-lər, ˈba-chə-\

Definition of bachelor

  1. 1 :  a young knight who follows the banner of another

  2. 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. 3a :  an unmarried man <He chooses to remain a bachelor.>b :  a male animal (as a fur seal) without a mate during breeding time

bachelordom

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bachelorhood

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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 century


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bachelor

adjective bach·e·lor

Definition of bachelor

  1. 1 :  suitable for or occupied by a single person <a bachelor apartment>

  2. 2 :  unmarried <bachelor women> <bachelor parents>

Origin and Etymology of bachelor

attributive use of 1bachelor —see 1bachelor


First Known Use: 1840



BACHELOR Defined for English Language Learners

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bachelor

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noun bach·e·lor \ˈbach-lər, ˈba-chə-\

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

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

Definition of bachelor for Students

  1. :  a man who is not married

bachelorhood

\-ˌhu̇d\ noun


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