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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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It was not a complaint on my part, for while I may no longer have the financial freedom that comes with bachelorhood, I have a beautiful wife and three lovely children as the best possible compensation.
In early 20th-century Cairo, the "marriage crisis," a perceived rise in the number of middle class men choosing bachelorhood over marriage, was a subject of great concern among the urban middle class and an issue they felt demanded government intervention because it signified the demise of the nation.
Even Whitman never claimed to have married, so his bachelorhood is as indisputable as his fame.
Enzo takes us on the ride of his life, as in his dotage, he looks back on all he has learned as he accompanies his soul mate, Denny Swift, through bachelorhood, marriage, parenting, widowhood, and a child custody battle.
While many rugby players, and even more non rugby players, would head for Blackpool and the Pound a Pint offers along the Golden Mile to bring down the curtain on their bachelorhood, Russell will enjoy a more dignified occasion.
Manny: "The Player" who is still embracing his bachelorhood and can't seem to quit his obnoxious prankster ways.
His criticisms of Bruckner became painfully personal, mocking the man's religion, his bachelorhood (implying, of course, his virginity), his intellect, his everything.
To avoid condemning their sons to life-long bachelorhood, families with a boy raise their saving rates.
Best known for his jaunty, ruminative nonfiction books on such redoubtable topics as bachelorhood, melancholy, and the male body, Phillip Lopate last produced a full-length work of fiction in 1987-The Rug Merchant.
Bachelorhood has not received the attention it deserves from historians.
Thus, John Guillory, writing on Francis Bacon, takes an angle where bachelorhood and friendship, philia or amicitia become central if not necessary, over the married life, for the natural philosopher.
Mind you, bridegroom-to-be Chris, a former chairman of Birmingham Forward, recently marked his own last few days of bachelorhood with a "stag do" in Dublin.