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From Middle English bacheler, from Anglo-Norman bacheler (modern French bachelier), from Medieval Latin baccalārius, from Late Latin baccalāris (compare Tuscan baccalare (squire), of unknown origin.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbætʃ.ə.lə(ɹ)/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbætʃ.ə.lɚ/, /ˈbætʃ.lɚ/
  • Hyphenation: ba‧che‧lor


bachelor (plural bachelors)

  1. A person, especially a man, who is socially regarded as able to marry, but has not yet.
    • Washington Irving
      As merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound.
    • Greta Garbo, Queen Christina
      I shall die a bachelor
  2. The first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges; a bachelor's degree.
  3. Someone who has achieved a bachelor's degree.
  4. (Canada) A bachelor apartment.
  5. (obsolete) An unmarried woman.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)
  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 (Pomoxis annularis) of the southern United States.

Alternative forms

  • bachelour (obsolete)
  • batchelor


  • (academic degree): baccalaureate


  • (unmarried person): wedder, bachelorette

Derived terms

  • confirmed bachelor
  • bachelor's degree
  • bachelordom
  • bachelorette (North America)
  • bachelorhood
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • bachelor pad
  • bachelor party
  • bachelorship
  • bachelor's button
  • bachelor's fare


See also

  • spinster
  • divorcé
  • widower

Further reading

  • bachelor on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Bachelor in the Encyclopædia Britannica (11th edition, 1911)


  • crabhole



bachelor c

  1. bachelor's degree
    Hun har en bachelor i mikrobiologi.
    She holds a bachelor's degree in microbiology.


  • bachelorgrad



bachelor m (plural bachelors)

  1. bachelor (degree)

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