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

Examples of bachelor in a Sentence

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California’s 45th Congressional District in Orange County, which sent a Democrat to Congress for the first time ever, ranks 12th in bachelor’s degrees and 19th in median income. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The suburbs abandoned Republicans in 2018, and they might not be coming back.," 26 Dec. 2018 Sensitive Pisceans will revel in the warm-hearted love story between an undercover reporter named Amber (Rose McIver) and a bachelor prince (Ben Lamb) in this Netflix original. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 The PyPI event came two years after a college student’s bachelor thesis used a similar technique to get an unauthorized Python module executed more than 45,000 times on more than 17,000 separate domains. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Widely used open source software contained bitcoin-stealing backdoor," 26 Nov. 2018 The school offers programs from the certificate to bachelor’s level in areas such as design, film, photography, gaming, and culinary studies. Annabelle Williams, Philly.com, "Art Institute of Philadelphia closing leaves students and employees with hard decisions," 12 July 2018 The Bachelorette Becca and the remaining bachelors head for the Bahamas, where the musical group Baha Men performs. Matt Cooper, latimes.com, "Monday's TV highlights: 'Cultureshock' on A&E and more," 9 July 2018 Four students have completed the SNHU bachelor’s program. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 2018 The Phoenix Institute offers bachelor’s programs in visual design, interior design, animation, film, gaming, fashion and culinary art. Dennis Wagner, azcentral, "Art Institute of Phoenix not enrolling new students, reviewing its 'viability'," 2 July 2018 Matulka has a master of business administration degree and a bachelor of science in business management and marketing degree from Northwest Missouri State University. Jerry Fallstrom, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Lake County names new economic development, tourism head with 'plethora of ideas'," 26 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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