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BACHELOR. The first degree taken at the universities in the arts and sciences, as bachelor of arts, & c. It is called, in Latin, Baccalaureus, from bacalus, or bacillus, a staff, because a staff was given, by way of distinction, into the hands of those who had completed their studies. Some, however, have derived the word from baccalaura, others from bas chevalier, as designating young squires who aspire to the knighthood. (Dupin.) But the derivation. of the word is uncertain.

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As my fate has so willed it," said the bachelor, "I entreat you, sir knight-errant, whose errand has been such an evil one for me, to help me to get from under this mule that holds one of my legs caught between the stirrup and the saddle.
Sancho made a bag of his coat, and, getting together as much as he could, and as the bag would hold, he loaded his beast, and then hastened to obey his master's call, and helped him to remove the bachelor from under the mule; then putting him on her back he gave him the torch, and Don Quixote bade him follow the track of his companions, and beg pardon of them on his part for the wrong which he could not help doing them.
On hearing this the bachelor took his departure, as has been said, without making any reply; and Don Quixote asked Sancho what had induced him to call him the "Knight of the Rueful Countenance" more then than at any other time.
Suzanne's fiction introduced such confusion into the ideas of the old bachelor that he was literally incapable of sober reflection.
Suzanne took the bag and departed, after allowing the old bachelor to kiss her, which he did with an air that seemed to say, "It is a right which costs me dear; but it is better than being harried by a lawyer in the court of assizes as the seducer of a girl accused of infanticide.
The latter had evidently feared a revelation of his supposed misconduct to Madame Granson; and Suzanne, at the risk of not getting a penny from the society, was possessed with the desire, on leaving Alencon, of entangling the old bachelor in the inextricable meshes of a provincial slander.
Pius Mokgware, the Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, Mr Tshenolo Mabeo also said there were seven Batswana teachers whose positions and qualifications were: deputy principal with Bachelor of Education and Master Arts Degree in English Literature, one teacher with Bachelor of Science Degree, four teachers with Bachelor Arts Degree in various subjects and one teacher with Diploma in Human Resource Management.
The Controller of Examinations informed that the university management is providing last chance to the candidates of Bachelor of Engineers and Bachelor of City Regional Planning of 2010, 2011 an 2012 Batches and bachelor of Architecture 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 Batches to appear in the examinations.
A total of 2,805 graduates from all the nine colleges at the university will receive their doctoral, masters and bachelors degrees from the chief guest during the ceremonies.
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Getting independent bachelor accommodation in Doha has become tough.
Ras Al Khaimah The RAK Municipality urged landlords to refuse bachelors as tenants for properties in residential areas and around families.