Definitions for: Bachelor

[n] a man who has never been married
[n] a knight of the lowest order; could display only a pennon
[v] lead a bachelor's existence

Webster (1913) Definition: Bach"e*lor (b[a^]ch"[-e]*l[~e]r), n. [OF. bacheler
young man, F. bachelier (cf.Pr. bacalar, Sp. bachiller, Pg.
bacharel, It. baccalare), LL. 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, a
person of an inferior academical degree aspiring to a
doctorate. In the latter sense, it was afterward changed to
baccalaureus. See Baccalaureate, n.]
1. A man of any age who has not been married.

As merry and mellow an old bachelor as ever followed
a hound. --W. Irving.

2. An unmarried woman. [Obs.] --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

5. In the companies of London tradesmen, one not yet admitted
to wear the livery; a junior member. [Obs.]

6. (Zo["o]l.) A kind of bass, an edible fresh-water fish
(Pomoxys annularis) of the southern United States.

Synonyms: bach, bachelor-at-arms, knight bachelor, unmarried man

See Also: adult male, knight, live, man

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