(Old French) bacheler young man, (French) bachelier (confer Pr. bacalar, (Spanish) bachiller, (Portuguese) bacharel, (Italian) baccalare), (Late Latin) 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, person of an inferior academical degree aspiring to a doctorate. In the latter sense, it was afterward changed to baccalaureus. See Baccalaureate, noun
1. A man of any age who has not been married. As merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound. (Welsh) Irving.2. An unmarried woman. (obsolete) B. Jonson.3. 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. A knight who had no standard of his own, but fought under the standard of another in the field; often, a young knight.5. In the companies of London tradesmen, one not yet admitted to wear the livery; a junior member. (obsolete)6. (Zoölogy) A kind of bass, an edible fresh-water fish (Pomoxys annularis) of the southern United States.
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Middle English bacheler, from Anglo-Norman bacheler (modern French bachelier), from Medieval Latin baccalāris (compare Tuscan bacalaro ‘squire’), of unknown origin.
(academic degree): baccalaureate
bachelor (plural bachelors) A man who is socially regarded as able to marry, but has not yet. Washington Irving As merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed a hound. The first or lowest academical degree conferred by universities and colleges; a bachelor's degree. Someone who has achieved a bachelor's degree. (Canada) A bachelor apartment. (obsolete) An unmarried woman. (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?) (obsolete) A knight who had no standard of his own, but fought under the standard of another in the field. (obsolete) Among London tradesmen, a junior member not yet admitted to wear the livery. A kind of bass, an edible freshwater fish (Pomoxys annularis) of the southern United States.
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