• Bachelor


    • US IPA: /ˈbætʃ.ə.lɚ/, /ˈbætʃ.lɚ/
    • UK IPA: /ˈbætʃ.ə.lə(ɹ)/

    Alternative forms


    Middle English bacheler, from Anglo-Norman bacheler (modern French bachelier), from Medieval Latin baccalāris (compare Tuscan bacalaro ‘squire’), of unknown origin.

    Full definition of bachelor



    (plural bachelors)
    1. A man who is socially regarded as able to marry, but has not yet.
      • Washington IrvingAs merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound.
    2. (bachelor's degree)The first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges; a bachelor's degree.
    3. (graduate)Someone who has achieved a bachelor's degree.
    4. (Canada) A bachelor apartment.
    5. (obsolete) An unmarried woman.
    6. (obsolete) A knight who had no standard of his own, but fought under the standard of another in the field.
    7. (obsolete) Among London tradesmen, a junior member not yet admitted to wear the livery.
    8. A kind of bass, an edible freshwater fish (Pomoxys annularis) of the southern United States.


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