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 (băch′ə-lər, băch′lər)
a. A man who is not married.
b. A man who has never been married.
c. A man who is not married and is not involved in a serious romantic relationship.
2. A person who has completed the undergraduate curriculum of a college or university and holds a bachelor's degree.
3. A male animal that does not mate during the breeding season.
4. A young knight in the service of another knight in feudal times.

[Middle English bacheler, squire, youth, bachelor, from Old French, from Medieval Latin baccalārius, tenant farmer, perhaps of Celtic origin.]

bach′e·lor·dom, bach′e·lor·hood′, bach′e·lor·ship′ n.


1. the state of being a bachelor; bachelorhood
2. the whole collection of bachelors

Bachelory, Bachelordom

 a group of bachelors; young knights as a class.
Example: a fair host of boys bachelerie, 1297.
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Occasionally a matrimonial epidemic appears, especially toward spring, devastating society, thinning the ranks of bachelordom, and leaving mothers lamenting for their fairest daughters.
Given his lifelong bachelordom, Hugh has clearly decided that committed relationships or marriage aren't for him.
TRINITY Players will be at Sutton Arts Theatre next month with A Bird In The Hand, Derek Benfield's comedy about two men attempting to recapture the romantic successes of their youthful days of bachelordom.