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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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Will confirmed bachelor Eric give up his lifestyle in exchange for a new life with the love of his life?
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The polar opposite of his frontman's confirmed bachelor status, Campbell revels in being a fully paid-up family man, having married his wife Gaynor not long before he signed on for a life on the road with Motorhead.
Harries, a confirmed bachelor, was married to his two obsessions, baseball and football, and would spend all his spare time running local leagues.
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Helping him in his quest is his friend Barney, a confirmed bachelor with endless, sometimes outrageous opinions, a penchant for suits and a foolproof way to meet women.
Degas, a confirmed bachelor who lived from 1832 to 1883, often sought out brothels as scenes for his paintings.
Some special drink being created for the event are Love Bytes, Cupid's Revenge, Sugar Daddy, The Tool and Confirmed Bachelor.
By now coleen was blatantly flirting with confirmed bachelor Barrowman.
He was also a confirmed bachelor, a status he maintained till his death.
Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vince Vaughn) and happily married Nick (Kevin James) have been through thick and thin together in this Ron Howard-directed comedy.
He was a confirmed bachelor and had never thought of marriage, so when he proposed one day it surprised us both.