Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or condition of being a bachelor in any sense; the rank or degree of a bachelor; the unmarried state of a man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state of being a bachelor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The state of being a bachelor.

Etymologies

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bachelor +‎ -ship

Examples

  • In spite of every advantage of university training, and in the face of her bachelorship of arts, his power of intellect overshadowed hers, and his year or so of self-study and equipment gave him a mastery of the affairs of the world and art and life that she could never hope to possess.

    Chapter 23

  • He had accomplished a distance vastly greater than a bachelorship of arts, or a dozen bachelorships.

    Chapter 11

  • Old bachelorship so decided as mine has its privileges in such a tete-a-tete, providing you are, or can seem for the time, perfectly good-humoured and attentive, and do not ape the manners of your younger years, in attempting which you will only make yourself ridiculous.

    The Surgeon's Daughter

  • It is, indeed, to this latter description of persons that I would especially recommend a residence in a country town; and, as Dr. Johnson said, that "wherever he might dine, he would wish to breakfast in Scotland;" so, wherever I may pass my youth, let my days of old bachelorship, if to such I am doomed, be spent in a country town.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 353, January 24, 1829

  • At last, then, I was irrevocably pledged, and my bachelorship drew near its close.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348

  • Although I had pretty well forgotten my New York disappointment, two months 'contemplation of the happiness enjoyed by Richards in the society of his young and charming wife, had done little towards reconciling me to my bachelorship; and it was with small pleasure that I looked forward to a return to my solitary plantation, where I could reckon on no better welcome than the cold, and perhaps scowling, glance of slaves and hirelings.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 348

  • He was growing tired of his bachelorship, and therefore he decided to seek a bride outside of his own people, one that would be willing to travel with him.

    Short Sketches from Oldest America

  • At Philadelphia I was in such a hurry to pass on, that I exhibited what I fear many will consider a symptom of inveterate bachelorship; but truth bids me not attempt to cloak my delinquency.

    Lands of the Slave and the Free Cuba, the United States, and Canada

  • We should expect, were success in professional life promoted by bachelorship, to find something over a third of those in Who's Who to be unmarried.

    Applied Eugenics

  • The scientific education I had received at the lyceum was very incomplete; it was well under the bachelorship program of a French lyceum; I tried to add to it in my own way, with the help of books picked up at random.

    Pierre Curie

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