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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unmarried man.
  • n. A person who has completed the undergraduate curriculum of a college or university and holds a bachelor's degree.
  • n. A male animal that does not mate during the breeding season, especially a young male fur seal kept from the breeding territory by older males.
  • n. A young knight in the service of another knight in feudal times.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A man who is socially regarded as able to marry, but has not yet.
  • n. The first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges; a bachelor's degree.
  • n. Someone who has achieved a bachelor's degree.
  • n. An apartment consisting mainly of one large room which is the living, dining, and bedroom combined. A bachelor apartment.
  • n. An unmarried woman.
  • n. A knight who had no standard of his own, but fought under the standard of another in the field.
  • n. Among London tradesmen, a junior member not yet admitted to wear the livery.
  • n. A kind of bass, an edible freshwater fish (Pomoxys annularis) of the southern United States.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A man of any age who has not been married.
  • n. An unmarried woman.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A knight who had no standard of his own, but fought under the standard of another in the field; often, a young knight.
  • n. In the companies of London tradesmen, one not yet admitted to wear the livery; a junior member.
  • n. A kind of bass, an edible fresh-water fish (Pomoxys annularis) of the southern United States.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Formerly, a person in the first or probationary stage of knighthood; a knight not powerful enough to display his banner in the field, and who therefore followed the banner of another; a knight of low rank. See knight bachelor, under knight.
  • n. In universities and colleges: Before the fifteenth century, a young man in apprenticeship for the degree of master in one of the higher faculties, that is, of theology, law, or medicine. In modern use, a person who has taken the first degree (baccalaureate) in the liberal arts and sciences, or in divinity, law, medicine, etc., at a college or university: as, a bachelor of arts; a bachelor of science. See baccalaureate.
  • n. A man of any age who has not been married.
  • n. A woman who has not been married.
  • n. In London livery companies, a person not yet admitted to the livery. A local name in the United States of a fish, Pomoxis annularis, of the Mississippi valley; a crappie.
  • n. Sometimes incorrectly spelled batchelor.
  • n. One of the young male furseals which are forced, through fear of the adult bulls, to herd by themselves at a distance from the breeding-grounds.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a knight of the lowest order; could display only a pennon
  • n. a man who has never been married
  • v. lead a bachelor's existence

Etymologies

Middle English bacheler, squire, youth, bachelor, from Old French, from Medieval Latin baccalārius, tenant farmer, perhaps of Celtic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English bacheler, from Anglo-Norman bacheler (modern French bachelier), from Medieval Latin baccalāris (compare Tuscan bacalaro ‘squire’), of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)

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