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



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

Examples of bachelor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Duarte has a bachelor’s degree in global and public health sciences, and was a Cleveland Foundation community and public health fellow at MetroHealth System in 2016 and 2017. Courtney Astolfi, cleveland, "Transit advocates praise choice of rider Roberta Duarte as Greater Cleveland RTA trustee," 27 Apr. 2021 According to a biography compiled by the Granite School District, Nye has a bachelor’s degree in history from Weber State University and a master’s degree in education administration and supervision from Arizona State University. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Granite School District announces new superintendent," 26 Apr. 2021 But Conrad, committed to integration at UT, stayed there and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music in 1959. Elaine Ayala Commentary, San Antonio Express-News, "Ayala: Soprano was stripped of leading role in UT student opera in 1957 - because she was Black," 24 Apr. 2021 Slama graduates this spring with a bachelor’s degree. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s record-setting Ellie Slama aims to become the school’s best female golfer, a bar set by Mary Budke," 23 Apr. 2021 Reilly has a bachelor’s degree in history from Loyola University, a master’s in management from Naval Postgraduate School and a law degree from Monterey College of Law. Howard Blume Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "L.A. school board names Megan Reilly, head of business services, as interim superintendent," 23 Apr. 2021 Springer, who graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in communications, had been an advocate for meningitis vaccine awareness. New York Times, "Nick Springer, Paralympic Gold Medalist, Dies at 35," 23 Apr. 2021 Stokes has a bachelor’s degree and doctorate in educational leadership from Purdue University as well as a licensure in exceptional needs from Purdue’s Calumet campus. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, "5 things to know about Hamilton Southeastern's new superintendent," 22 Apr. 2021 In Dallas and Collin counties, whites are at least two times more likely to have a bachelor’s degree. Dallas News, "14% unemployment for Blacks in Texas? The pandemic economy is still taking a bigger toll on people of color," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Pumpkin, who lost her elderly partner, convinced Harris to forego his bachelor ways in the name of love. Mallory Hughes, CNN, "These lonely otters found love in lockdown just in time for the holidays," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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30 Apr 2021

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“Bachelor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 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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