Bachelor
Bachelor Bach"e*lor (b[a^]ch"[-e]*l[~e]r), n. [OF. bacheler young man, F. bachelier (cf. Pr. bacalar, Sp. bachiller, Pg. bacharel, It. baccalare), LL. baccalarius the tenant of a kind of farm called baccalaria, a soldier not old or rich enough to lead his retainers into battle with a banner, a person of an inferior academical degree aspiring to a doctorate. In the latter sense, it was afterward changed to baccalaureus. See {Baccalaureate}, n.] 1. A man of any age who has not been married. [1913 Webster]

As merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

2. An unmarried woman. [Obs.] --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

3. A person who has taken the first or lowest degree in the liberal arts, or in some branch of science, at a college or university; as, a bachelor of arts. [1913 Webster]

4. A knight who had no standard of his own, but fought under the standard of another in the field; often, a young knight. [1913 Webster]

5. In the companies of London tradesmen, one not yet admitted to wear the livery; a junior member. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

6. (Zo["o]l.) A kind of bass, an edible fresh-water fish ({Pomoxys annularis}) of the southern United States. [1913 Webster]


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  • bachelor — (n.) c.1300, young man; also youthful knight, novice in arms, from O.Fr. bacheler (11c.) knight bachelor, a young squire in training for knighthood, of uncertain origin, perhaps from M.L. baccalarius vassal farmer, one who helps or tends a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • bachelor — [bach′ə lər, bach′lər] n. [ME bacheler < OFr bachelier < ML baccalaris: see BACCALAUREATE] 1. in the feudal system, a young knight and landholder who served under another s banner: also bachelor at arms 2. a man who has not married 3. a… …   English World dictionary

  • Bachelor — (engl., spr. Bättschler), s.u. Baccalareus …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Bachelor — (engl., spr. bättscheler) s. Bakkalaureus …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • bachelor — [n] unmarried man or woman available*, celibate, single*, single person, stag*, unattached; concepts 415,419,423 Ant. groom, husband, spouse …   New thesaurus

  • bachelor — ► NOUN 1) a man who has never been married. 2) a person who holds a first degree from a university. DERIVATIVES bachelorhood noun. ORIGIN Old French bacheler a young man aspiring to knighthood …   English terms dictionary

  • Bachelor — Der Bachelor ([ˈbætʃə.lɚ] oder [ˈbætʃlɚ], dt. auch Bakkalaureus; aus engl. bachelor, geht auf das lat. baccalaureus, „(Jung )Geselle“, zurück) ist der erste akademische Grad eines gestuften Universitätsstudiums oder Hochschulstudiums und zugleich …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Bachelor — This article is about the term for an unmarried man. For other uses, see Bachelor (disambiguation). A bachelor is a man above the age of majority who has never been married (see single person). Unlike his female counterpart, the spinster, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Bachelor — Ba|che|lor 〈[ bæ̣tʃələ(r)] m.; od. s, s; Abk.: B.; in den USA u. Europa〉 Sy Bakkalaureus 1. unterster akademischer Grad; Sy Bakkalaureat 2. Inhaber des Bachelor (1) * * * Ba|che|lor [ bɛt̮ʃəlɐ ], der; [s] …   Universal-Lexikon

  • bachelor — I. noun Etymology: Middle English bacheler, from Anglo French Date: 14th century 1. a young knight who follows the banner of another 2. a person who has received what is usually the lowest degree conferred by a 4 year college, university, or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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