• WordNet 3.6
    • v bachelor lead a bachelor's existence
    • n bachelor a man who has never been married
    • n bachelor a knight of the lowest order; could display only a pennon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bachelor (Zoöl) A kind of bass, an edible fresh-water fish (Pomoxys annularis) of the southern United States.
    • Bachelor A knight who had no standard of his own, but fought under the standard of another in the field; often, a young knight.
    • Bachelor A man of any age who has not been married. "As merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound."
    • Bachelor 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.
    • Bachelor An unmarried woman.
    • Bachelor In the companies of London tradesmen, one not yet admitted to wear the livery; a junior member.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bachelor 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 bachelor 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. Originally, a bachelor had not necessarily taken any degree whatever; but after the fourteenth century the word, without ceasing to carry this signification, was also applied to a determinant, or young man who had taken the lowest degree in the faculty of arts. This degree seems to have been conferred not by the chancellor nor by the faculty, but only by the “nation.” It was not accompanied by any regular diploma, but testimonial letters were furnished if desired. In order to be admitted to the degree, it was requisite for the candidate to be fourteen years of age, to have followed a three years' course in logic in the university, and also to sustain a disputation, called the determinance. There were in the middle ages three orders of bachelors of theology. The lower order consisted of the ordinary biblics and cursors, the duty of the former being to read and expound the Bible from beginning to end, and that of the latter to give one course of lectures upon a book of the Old and another upon a book of the New Testament, which books they chose at pleasure. Bachelors of the second order of theology were called sententiary bachelors, because they publicly read and expounded the Book of the Sentences of Peter the Lombard. It was not, however, till late in the thirteenth century that any bachelor was permitted to lecture on the Sentences. According to the law, the lectures of the sententiary bachelors had to include the reading of the text of the author, and the explanation of it phrase by phrase; and they were forbidden to trench upon questions of logic and metaphysics. They also made certain acts called principia. See principium. As soon as the sententiary had completely finished the exposition of the Sentences, he became a formed bachelor (baccalarius formatus), and had still to continue his theological studies for three years longer before he could be licensed to preach and to teach as a master.
    • n bachelor A man of any age who has not been married.
    • n bachelor A woman who has not been married.
    • n bachelor 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 bachelor Sometimes incorrectly spelled batchelor.
    • n bachelor 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bachelor bach′el-or a young knight who followed the banner of another, as being too young to display his own: an unmarried man: one who has taken his first degree at a university
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  • Jean De La Bruyere
    “A bachelor's life is a fine breakfast, a flat lunch, and a miserable dinner.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “Bachelors know more about women than married men; if they didn't, they'd be married too.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “Somehow a bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “Marrying an old bachelor is like buying second-hand furniture.”
  • Helen Rowland
    “A bachelor never quite gets over the idea that he is a thing of beauty and a boy forever.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Though bachelors be the strongest stakes, married men are the best binders, in the hedge of the commonwealth.”


Confirmed bachelor - A confirmed bachelor is a man who shows little or no interest in women. It can be used to suggest that they're gay.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. bacheler. Ety. disputed; acc. to Brachet from Low L. baccalarius, a farm-servant, orig. a cowherd, from bacca, Low L. for vacca, a cow.


In literature:

France, Spain, and many other Roman Catholic countries, thus witness the multitude of those bachelors increasing every year.
"The Priest, The Woman And The Confessional" by Father Chiniquy
There was not a painted cheek in Eden, nor a bald head, nor a false tooth, nor a bachelor.
"Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales" by Robert L. Taylor
It was that of a hardened bachelor.
"Ten Tales" by François Coppée
There were times now when the Captain almost regretted the old bachelor's bequest.
"The Peace Egg and Other tales" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
I am living in London in the quarter of the town which I have noticed above: in a very happy bachelor-like way.
"Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1" by Edward FitzGerald
If ever there was a man designed by nature to be a bachelor, Stanley Ukridge was that man.
"Love Among the Chickens" by P. G. Wodehouse
Sherryman Street was full of gaunt, narrow houses, with prim fronts and narrow railed windows, let in segments, flats, and bachelor apartments.
"The Hand in the Dark" by Arthur J. Rees
The lodging in which Stoner kept his bachelor state was a quiet and eminently respectable one.
"The Borough Treasurer" by Joseph Smith Fletcher
A rather frumpy old bachelor, with thinning hair and a thickening neck.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
He was a bachelor who had long been given up by all the maids in the town.
"Auld Licht Idylls" by J. M. Barrie

In poetry:

Just in the old fashioned way, too, our quarrel
Grew until, angrily, she set me free—
Planting, indeed, bleeding hearts for the two of us,—
Ordaining bachelor’s buttons for me.
"An Old-Fashioned Garden" by Ellis Parker Butler
Strange, is it not? She was making her garden,
Planting the old-fashioned flowers that day—
Bleeding-hearts tender and bachelors-buttons—
Spreading the seeds in the old-fashioned way.
"An Old-Fashioned Garden" by Ellis Parker Butler
I have been criticised a lot;
I venture to enquire what for;
Because, forsooth, I have not got
The instincts of a bachelor!
Just hear my story, you will find
How grossly I have been maligned.
"Bluebeard" by Harry Graham
Again my flower treasures I see in their prime:
Nancy-pretty, sweet Willy, white lilies and thyme,
Appleringy and spearmint—the old folk's delight—
With bachelor's buttons both yellow and white.
"Old Memories" by Janet Hamilton
In between the limits of day,
hours and hours go by under the crew haircuts
and slightly too little nonsensical bachelor twinkle
of the Roman Catholic attendants.
(There are no Mayflower
screwballs in the Catholic Church.)
"Waking in the Blue" by Robert Lowell
It's a mystery to see me--a man o' fifty-four,
Who's lived a cross old bachelor fer thirty year' and more--
A-lookin' glad and smilin'! And they's none o' you can say
That you can guess the reason why I feel so good to-day!
"Farmer Whipple--Bachelor" by James Whitcomb Riley

In news:

She earned her bachelor of science in nursing from the College of St Catherine, St Paul, Minn. And her family nurse practitioner master of science in nursing degree from the University if Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio.
She received her bachelor of arts degree in biology from the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, and her master of science degree in physician assistant studies from Des Moines University, Des Moines.
Taylor founded the Dinner Theatre in 1983 while pursuing his bachelor's degree at UTEP.
Bachelor Pad's Vienna Girardi Gets Slammed For Wearing a " Dish Towel ".
In 1952, Doctorow received his Bachelor's degree from Kenyon College.
Hometown San Francisco, CA, United States Education Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts / Science Cambridge University, Doctorate.
Bachelor's Michelle Channels Inner Dominatrix in Attempt to Woo Brad.
The Bachelor 's Michelle Money is channeling her inner dominatrix to seduce Brad Womack into giving her a rose on Monday's episode.
The bride-to-be is a 2006 graduate of Weir High School and a 2010 graduate of Fairmont State University with a bachelor's degree in hospitality.
Bachelor's in social work and master's in higher education student affairs from Southern Illinois University.
A Craigslist poster is looking for a woman to dungeon -master a D&D game/bachelor party DM must be familiar with D&D 3.0 or 3.5, and topless.
She graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors in Broadcast Journalism/Mass Communications.
She plans to attend Old Dominion University and major in education, a Bachelor of Arts and English major.
Bachelor Pad's Kalon McMahon: Falling For Lindzi Cox Was " Effortless ".
Unlike many of their coupled-up Bachelor and Bachelorette peers, Kalon McMahon and girlfriend Lindzi Cox just may have staying power.

In science:

He received a Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering, with a specialization in VLSI design and automation, from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1996.
Additive functionals on random search trees
HCRs evolves. Focusing within this influential group of mathematicians we see that while only 6% of Europeans moved to the US for their undergraduate studies, the US drained 20% of European bachelors to do a PhD in the US.
Influential Mathematicians: Birth, Education and Affiliation
He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
Efficient Inventory Optimization of Multi Product, Multiple Suppliers with Lead Time using PSO
Suresh Reddy Received the Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering from Bangalore University Bangalore in 1997 and Master’s Degree in Information Technology from Punjab University Punjab.
Drag and Drop: Influences on the Design of Reusable Software Components
Chunhai Yao graduated from Harbin Institute of Technology and obtained Electronic Engineering bachelor degree in 1996 and master degree in 2001.
Enhanced Inter-cell Interference Coordination for Heterogeneous Networks in LTE-Advanced: A Survey