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bachelor (ˈbætʃələ Pronunciation for bachelor ; ˈbætʃlə Pronunciation for bachelor



    1. an unmarried man
    2. (as modifier)   ⇒ a bachelor flat
    1. a person who holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science, etc
    2. the degree itself
  1. Also called: bachelor-at-arms. (in the Middle Ages) a young knight serving a great noble
Gender-neutral form: single person

Derived Forms

ˈbachelorhood noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French bacheler youth, squire, from Vulgar Latin baccalāris (unattested) farm worker, of Celtic origin; compare Irish Gaelic bachlach peasant

Quotations including 'bachelor'

Translations for 'bachelor'

  • British English: bachelorPronunciation for bachelor A bachelor is a man who has never married.ˈbætʃələ; ˈbætʃlə NOUN
  • Arabic: أَعْزَبPronunciation for أَعْزَب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: solteiroPronunciation for solteiro
  • Chinese: 单身汉Pronunciation for 单身汉
  • Croatian: neženjaPronunciation for neženja
  • Czech: starý mládenecPronunciation for starý mládenec
  • Danish: ungkarlPronunciation for ungkarl
  • Dutch: vrijgezelPronunciation for vrijgezel
  • European Spanish: solteroPronunciation for soltero soltera
  • Finnish: poikamiesPronunciation for poikamies
  • French: célibatairePronunciation for célibataire
  • German: JunggesellePronunciation for Junggeselle
  • Greek: εργένηςPronunciation for εργένης
  • Italian: scapoloPronunciation for scapolo
  • Japanese: 独身の男性Pronunciation for 独身の男性
  • Korean: 미혼남Pronunciation for 미혼남
  • Norwegian: ungkarPronunciation for ungkar
  • Polish: kawalerPronunciation for kawaler
  • Portuguese: solteirãoPronunciation for solteirão
  • Romanian: burlac burlac, burlaci
  • Russian: холостякPronunciation for холостякfamily status
  • Spanish: solteroPronunciation for soltero soltera
  • Swedish: ungkarlPronunciation for ungkarl
  • Thai: ชายโสดPronunciation for ชายโสด
  • Turkish: bekarPronunciation for bekar
  • Ukrainian: холостяк
  • Vietnamese: người đàn ông độc thânPronunciation for người đàn ông độc thân

Example Sentences Including 'bachelor'

A bachelor during his presidency, some said he was married to his job.
Globe and Mail (2003)
A tutelary example might be a married couple going to the theatre with a new friend, a bachelor.
Friday, Nancy Jealousy
Beautiful, bachelor Russell must have seemed just what the doctor ordered for a lovely, lonely lady.
Pickard, Nancy No Body
But the search is now on to find the UK's regional winners, including Ulster's best bachelor.
Belfast Telegraph (2004)
David Smith, the handpicked bachelor on The Next Joe Millionaire: An International Affair, which starts airing tonight.
Globe and Mail (2003)
Douglas left them alone, providing Dale was discreet and kept the town thinking him a roving bachelor.
Lawson, Jonell Roses are for the Rich
Dr. Susan Calvin had herself announced at Dr. Ninheimer's bachelor quarters in University Hall.
Asimov, Isaac The Complete Stories Volume 2
They also discovered that the image of the neglected bachelor pad is now no more than a media fiction.


Comment byFidelma on 13 Jan 2013

It may be worth considering the Irish word 'buachaill' which today means: boy, young unmarried man and, traditionally, herdboy, herdsman, man-servant, male employee, lad, boyo, and useful implement (Ó Dónaill's Irish-English Dictionary, 1978). See also www.dil.ie. The example cited above, bachlach, had meanings such as servant, labourer, etc. but is no longer in use or, at least, does not appear in contemporary dictionaries.

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