Definition of bachelor in English:

bachelor

Line breaks: bach|elor
Pronunciation: /ˈbatʃələ
 
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noun

1A man who is not and has never been married: one of the country’s most eligible bachelors
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  • So I figured there would be lots of attractive, hopefully eligible bachelors and bachelorettes around my age.
  • A Bunclody man is officially among Ireland's most eligible bachelors following his selection as an escort in this year's International Rose of Tralee contest.
  • Once a selection of eligible bachelors are chosen, the audience then gets to decide who gets kicked out each week as Lisa dates them every episode.
1.1 Zoology A male bird or mammal prevented from breeding by a dominant male.
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  • Most subjects were older than one year; two mated males and two bachelors were yearlings, and one bachelor was of undetermined age.
  • Never at ease when alone, bachelor males routinely seek the company of other species of monkey.
  • Adolescent males join a roaming bachelor herd and don't mate until they're anywhere from 15 to 20 years old.
2A person who holds a first degree from a university or other academic institution (only in titles or set expressions): a Bachelor of Arts
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  • A graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in marketing, Roffler has more than 11 years of tire-industry experience.
  • Palmer is a 1997 graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in nursing.
  • I transferred from Vassar to Harvard University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts degree in economics.
3Canadian A bachelor apartment: it’s just one room, a bachelor
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  • He says rooms in Toronto cost nearly $500 a month, and bachelors a couple hundred more than that.
4 historical A young knight serving under another’s banner. See also knight bachelor.
[said to be from French bas chevalier, literally 'low knight' (i.e. knight of a low order)]

Origin

Middle English: from Old French bacheler; of uncertain origin.

Derivatives

bachelorhood

noun
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  • The 28-year-old is finally ending his bachelorhood.
  • Except for the milestone years, such as 21st birthdays, or the last year of your bachelorhood, very seldom are birthdays the fanfares they used to be.
  • And even while they were at it, all the guests were waiting for the bridegroom to come out of hiding and put an end to his bachelorhood.

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