bach·​e·​lor | \ ˈbach-lər , 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



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


bachelordom \ ˈbach-​lər-​dəm , ˈba-​chə-​ \ noun
bachelorhood \ ˈbach-​lər-​ˌhu̇d , ˈba-​chə-​ \ noun

Examples of bachelor in a Sentence

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In anticipation of Monday's premiere of The Bachelor, ABC has released a clip of this season's newest corn nut bachelor, Colton, meeting one of his future-wife-hopefuls. Sally Holmes, Marie Claire, "I Am Invested in This 'Bachelor' Contestant's Fake Australian Accent Con," 4 Jan. 2019 The very people who one day are our neighbors go on to become survivors, bachelors, bachelorettes, housewives and top models. Johnny Diaz,, "Miami dancer to compete on CBS's 'Big Brother' this summer," 21 June 2018 Sharma graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in May 2017 with two bachelor of science degrees: one in bioengineering and another in electrical engineering computer science. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "In auto talent war, GM hires 9,000, spends $1 billion on offices," 14 June 2018 This eligible bachelor, however, suddenly came off the market in 1942 at the age of 38, marrying the former Anne Heavey. The Washington Post,, "Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer long wondered if he's related to JFK; at 72, he learned the truth," 12 May 2018 At 41, playwright and social activist George Bernard Shaw remains a bachelor, although well known for intense flirtations. Daryl H. Miller,, "The 99-Seat Beat: Celebrate Women's History Month with L.A.'s theaters," 23 Mar. 2018 Chib, a young bachelor in Atlanta, quickly ascended to become one of the top earners in his company. Brittany Vickers, The Root, "Celebrating the ‘Everyday Love’ in Your Life," 14 Feb. 2018 Comstock’s district, one of the biggest swings on election night, is ranked 18th among 435 House districts in voters with a bachelor’s degree; the median income is high too, at $120,000. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The suburbs abandoned Republicans in 2018, and they might not be coming back.," 26 Dec. 2018 By contrast, charting the share of only whites with bachelor’s degrees begins to produce a pattern. Soo Oh, WSJ, "An Overlooked Key to Democratic Victories: Diversity in the Suburbs," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of bachelor


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1840, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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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


bach·​e·​lor | \ ˈba-chə-lər , ˈbach-lər\

Kids Definition of bachelor

: a man who is not married

Other Words from bachelor

bachelorhood \ -​ˌhu̇d \ noun

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