Meaning of bachelor in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbatʃ(ə)lə/

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  • 1A man who is not and has never been married.

    ‘one of the country's most eligible bachelors’
    • ‘So I figured there would be lots of attractive, hopefully eligible bachelors and bachelorettes around my age.’
    • ‘A Bunclody man is officially among Ireland's most eligible bachelors following his selection as an escort in this year's International Rose of Tralee contest.’
    • ‘Once a selection of eligible bachelors are chosen, the audience then gets to decide who gets kicked out each week as Lisa dates them every episode.’
    • ‘The price of his birth, and his status as one of the world's most eligible bachelors, is media scrutiny that makes it hard for him to have girlfriends, he complained.’
    • ‘The premise of this show is that a beautiful girl goes on TV to find true love amongst sixteen eligible bachelors.’
    • ‘The place was crawling with good looking, very funny, very intelligent, eligible bachelors!’
    • ‘For years he has been one of Hampshire's most eligible bachelors.’
    • ‘They found that 22% of America's most eligible bachelors - that's two million potential husbands - have no desire to get married.’
    • ‘He was splashed across the papers with his father nearly everyday and voted one of the most eligible bachelors in the area.’
    • ‘So it's no surprise that so many eligible bachelors are refusing to marry.’
    • ‘Apparently he was one of the most eligible bachelors in all of Paris, not to mention the most sought after.’
    • ‘The former air hostess claims she had been seeing the prince, who has a reputation as a confirmed bachelor, for five years.’
    • ‘Men, particularly bachelors, gathered in concert saloons, neighborhood bar-rooms, and pool-halls where no respectable woman would be seen.’
    • ‘More men in these classes were choosing to remain bachelors.’
    • ‘John M. died a bachelor at the age of ninety in 1878 and was the last of those living who helped rebuild the town's church after a devastating fire in 1811.8’
    • ‘A lifelong bachelor, he devoted himself to the FBI.’
    • ‘Charlie Sanders was the kind of man who offered guests tea on a silver service accompanied by fine homemade scones, yet he would remain a bachelor all his life.’
    • ‘She believed him to be a bachelor, although she found out his true status within a short time.’
    • ‘There comes a time in every dashing young bachelor's life when it is only proper to settle down and start a family.’
    • ‘A bachelor, he retired to a cottage in North Wales, but continued a close association with his older contemporaries in the West Midlands.’
    single, unattached, free, available, eligible, young, free, and single, footloose and fancy free
    1. 1.1Zoology A male bird or mammal prevented from breeding by a dominant male.
      ‘Most subjects were older than one year; two mated males and two bachelors were yearlings, and one bachelor was of undetermined age.’
      • ‘Never at ease when alone, bachelor males routinely seek the company of other species of monkey.’
      • ‘Adolescent males join a roaming bachelor herd and don't mate until they're anywhere from 15 to 20 years old.’
      • ‘The stallions form bachelor groups with other stallions until they assume leadership of their own family, whereupon they attempt to keep other stallions away.’
      • ‘These stallions spend a couple of years in the company of other bachelors, practicing the fighting skills necessary to assemble a harem of their own.’
  • 2A person who holds a first degree from a university or other academic institution (only in titles or set expressions)

    ‘a Bachelor of Arts’
    • ‘A graduate of Florida State University with a bachelor's degree in marketing, Roffler has more than 11 years of tire-industry experience.’
    • ‘Palmer is a 1997 graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in nursing.’
    • ‘I transferred from Vassar to Harvard University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts degree in economics.’
    • ‘Goldberg graduated from Brandeis University with a bachelor's degree in economics and received an MBA from the University of Chicago.’
    • ‘Prior to joining Scripps, Smith graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in physics and astronomy.’
    • ‘Mitchell will graduate this spring from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in economics.’
    • ‘I attended McMaster University for my Honors bachelor's degree in physics (summa cum laude).’
    • ‘He earned three degrees at Harvard University: a bachelor's in economics, an MBA, and a PhD in business economics.’
    • ‘I recently graduated from the Florida International University with a bachelor's degree in hotel management.’
    • ‘She holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University.’
    • ‘He received his bachelors degree from Lincoln University, Pa. and his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center, Washington.’
    • ‘Minton earned a bachelors degree from the University of Maryland, where he studied economics, chemistry, and mathematics.’
    • ‘Perez holds a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University, and a bachelor's of arts degree from Monterrey Tech in Mexico.’
    • ‘Ms. Cabral earned her bachelor's degree from University of California, Davis and her master's degree from Harvard University.’
    • ‘He graduated from Dalhousie University with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.’
    • ‘Senior colleges and universities do not offer bachelor's degrees in specialized vocational fields or do not choose to allocate resources for such degrees.’
    • ‘She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of science degree in graphic design from the College of Saint Rose.’
    • ‘The Teacher TRAC program allows students to complete a bachelor of arts degree in liberal studies and a teaching credential in four years.’
    • ‘During his early years in Iquitos, he pursued this passion more formally, enrolling in the local university to earn a bachelor's degree in biology.’
    • ‘He continued his studies, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in piano performance from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.’
  • 3Canadian A bachelor apartment.

    ‘it's just one room, a bachelor’
    • ‘He says rooms in Toronto cost nearly $500 a month, and bachelors a couple hundred more than that.’
  • 4 historical A young knight serving under another's banner.


    Said to be from French bas chevalier, literally ‘low knight’ (i.e. knight of a low order).


Middle English from Old French bacheler; of uncertain origin.