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bachelor (ˈbætʃələ ; ˈbætʃlə



    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
USAGE 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: bachelor A bachelor is a man who has never married.ˈbætʃələ; ˈbætʃlə NOUN
  • Arabic: أَعْزَب
  • Brazilian Portuguese: solteiro
  • Chinese: 单身汉
  • Croatian: neženja
  • Czech: starý mládenec
  • Danish: ungkarl
  • Dutch: vrijgezel
  • European Spanish: soltero soltera
  • Finnish: poikamies
  • French: célibataire
  • German: Junggeselle
  • Greek: εργένης
  • Italian: scapolo
  • Japanese: 独身の男性
  • Korean: 미혼남
  • Norwegian: ungkar
  • Polish: kawaler
  • Portuguese: solteirão
  • Romanian: burlac burlac, burlaci
  • Russian: холостякfamily status
  • Spanish: soltero soltera
  • Swedish: ungkarl
  • Thai: ชายโสด
  • Turkish: bekar
  • Ukrainian: холостяк
  • Vietnamese: người đàn ông độc thân

Example Sentences Including 'bachelor'

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
Beautiful, bachelor Russell must have seemed just what the doctor ordered for a lovely, lonely lady.
Pickard, Nancy No Body


Comment by Fidelma 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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