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Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: bacheler, probably from Medieval Latin baccalarius 'farmer, squire, student'

bachelor

noun
     
bach‧e‧lor [countable]
1 a man who has never been married:
Gerald was 38, and a confirmed bachelor (=a man who has decided that he will never marry).
The Crown Prince was Japan's most eligible bachelor (=a rich young man who has not yet married).
2

Bachelor of Arts/Science/Education etc

a first university degree in an arts subject, a science subject etc [↪ BA, BSc, BEd]

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