Definition of bachelor noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbætʃələ(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbætʃələr//
    Youth, University people
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  1. 1a man who has never been married an eligible bachelor (= one that many people want to marry, especially because he is rich) a confirmed bachelor (= a person who does not intend to marry; often used in newspapers to refer to a homosexual man) He was 38, and a confirmed bachelor. one of the country’s most eligible bachelors compare spinster See related entries: Youth
  2. 2(also Bachelor) a person who has a Bachelor’s degree (= a first university degree) a Bachelor of Arts/Engineering/Science see also BA, BEd, BSc See related entries: University people
  3. 3(Canadian English) = bachelor apartment
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French bacheler; of uncertain origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bachelor