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

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Lyn graduated from Rocky Hill High School in 1974 and obtained a bachelors degree from Fairfield University., "Lyn Ann Raymond," 9 June 2019 The Love Laila Scholarship, a $1,000 scholarship for an African American senior residing in Gary or Merrillville pursuing a bachelor degree in nursing. Post-tribune Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 7 June 2019 When Davis and her three siblings were a little older, her mom went back to school to earn her high school diploma and bachelor’s degree. Heidi Stevens,, "'I want women and girls to feel safe in every part of the city in every part of the day': New Chicago Foundation for Women CEO brings police experience to role," 4 June 2019 In July, Bright Horizons, a child-care provider, began offering full tuition to child-care-center employees pursuing associate or bachelor degrees in early childhood education. Te-ping Chen, WSJ, "Companies Lure New Workers With College Coaching, Student Debt Repayment," 3 Oct. 2018 Horter has a masters degree in management from Cardinal Stritch University and a bachelors degree from Univesity of Wisconsin-Platteville in criminal justice. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "City of Brookfield Police Capt. J. Philip Horter to retire after 31 years," 30 May 2018 Reality Steve notes that producers come to the bachelor mansion in episode 3 and basically just...remove him. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Tyler Gwozdz, the Guy Who's Got Everyone Talking on 'The Bachelorette'?," 24 May 2019 Robert Mitchum follows as the smarmy billionaire bachelor who treats the isle of Manhattan as his business headquarters. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "An Ode to the Campiest Film You’ve Probably Never Seen," 19 Apr. 2019 This time not as an exotic live-work bachelor pad — its long-time use — but as a second home for a family of four that uses it to as a getaway from the burbs to the city. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "Former Corktown bachelor pad is now a loft fit for the whole family," 14 July 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 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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