What does Bachelor mean?

Definitions for Bachelor
ˈbætʃ ə lər, ˈbætʃ lərbach·e·lor

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Bachelor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bachelor, unmarried mannoun

    a man who has never been married

  2. knight bachelor, bachelor-at-arms, bachelorverb

    a knight of the lowest order; could display only a pennon

  3. bachelor, bachverb

    lead a bachelor's existence


  1. bachelornoun

    A man who is socially regarded as able to marry, but has not yet.

  2. bachelornoun

    The first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges; a bachelor's degree.

  3. bachelornoun

    Someone who has achieved a bachelor's degree.

  4. bachelornoun

    An apartment consisting mainly of one large room which is the living, dining, and bedroom combined. A bachelor apartment.

  5. Etymology: bacheler, from bacheler (modern French bachelier), from baccalaris (compare Tuscan bacalaro ‘squire’), of unknown origin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bachelornoun

    Etymology: This is a word of very uncertain etymology, it not being well known what was its original sense. Franciscus Junius derives it from βάϰηλος, foolish; Gilles Ménage, from bas chevalier, a knight of the lowest rank; Henry Spelman, from baculus, a staff; Jacques Cujas, from buccella, an allowance of provision. The most probable derivation seems to be from bacca laurus, the berry of a laurel or bay; bachelors being young, are of good hopes, like laurels in the berry. In Latin, baccalaureus.

    Such separation
    Becomes a virtuous bachelor and a maid. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    The haunting of those dissolute places, or resort to courtesans, are no more punished in married men than in bachelors. Francis Bacon, New Atlantis.

    A true painter naturally delights in the liberty which belongs to the bachelor’s estate. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    Let sinful bachelors their woes deplore,
    Full well they merit all they feel, and more. Alexander Pope.

    Being a boy, new bachelor of arts, I chanced to speak against the pope. Roger Ascham, Schoolmaster.

    I appear before your honour, in behalf of Scriblerus Club , bachelor of physick. Scriblerus Club , Mart. Scriblerus.


  1. Bachelor

    A bachelor is a man who is not and has never been married.


  1. bachelor

    A bachelor is generally defined as an unmarried man. Alternatively, it can refer to someone who has earned an undergraduate degree from a college or university, usually after a course of study that takes about four years.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bachelornoun

    a man of any age who has not been married

  2. Bachelornoun

    an unmarried woman

  3. Bachelornoun

    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

  4. Bachelornoun

    a knight who had no standard of his own, but fought under the standard of another in the field; often, a young knight

  5. Bachelornoun

    in the companies of London tradesmen, one not yet admitted to wear the livery; a junior member

  6. Bachelornoun

    a kind of bass, an edible fresh-water fish (Pomoxys annularis) of the southern United States


  1. Bachelor

    The term bachelor is used to refer to "men who live independently, outside of their parents' home and other institutional settings, who are neither married nor cohabitating."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bachelor

    bach′el-or, n. 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.—ns. Bach′elorhood, Bach′elorship; Bach′elorism, habit of a bachelor; Bach′elor's-but′ton, the popular name of the double-flowered yellow or white varieties of buttercup.—Knight bachelor, title of one who has been knighted, but not attached to any special order. [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.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Bachelor

    a name given to one who has achieved the first grade in any discipline.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Latin _baculus_, a stick, unattached. Hence, an unattached man, which any lady may stick, stick to, or get stuck on.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bachelor is ranked #21895 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bachelor surname appeared 1,186 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bachelor.

    76.5% or 908 total occurrences were White.
    16.4% or 195 total occurrences were Black.
    3.4% or 41 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.8% or 34 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bachelor in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Bachelor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Bachelor in a Sentence

  1. Helen Rowland:

    Never trust a husband too far or a bachelor too near.

  2. Vernon A. Walters:

    The fact that I was a bachelor provided two opportunities or two handles that they might get on me, namely, girls or boys.

  3. Don Quinn:

    A bachelor is a selfish, undeserving guy who has cheated some woman out of a divorce.

  4. James Joyce:

    Jesus was a bachelor and never lived with a woman. Surely living with a woman is one of the most difficult things a man has to do, and he never did it.

  5. Chris Soules:

    Bachelor i think I need to do some yoga because watching those people and some of the stuff they do...I'm not a very flexible guy, so I am going to need to get limbered up if that's going to happen!

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