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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.
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1. the state of being a bachelor; bachelorhood
2. (Education) the state of undertaking a Bachelor degree
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For my own part I freely confess that, in my bachelorship, I was precisely such an over-curious simpleton as I now advise the reader not to be.
He had accomplished a distance vastly greater than a bachelorship of arts, or a dozen bachelorships.
'He thought about a great many things--about his present troubles and past days of bachelorship, and about the Lincoln greens, long since dispersed up and down the country, no one knew whither: with the exception of two who had been unfortunately beheaded, and four who had killed themselves with drinking.