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


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


bachelor ‎(plural bachelors)

  1. 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.
  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 (Pomoxys annularis) of the southern United States.


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