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Bachelor

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A man who has not been married, Probably from baccalaris, “a man employed on a grazing-farm” (Low Latin, bacca, for vacca, a cow). French, bachelier, bachelette (a damsel).

A Bachelor of Arts. The student who has passed his examination, but is not yet of standing to be a master. Formerly the bachelor was the candidate for examination. The word used to be spelt bachiller; thus in the Proceedings of the Privy Council, vol. i. p. 72, we read:—“The king ordered that the bachillers should have reasonable pay for their trouble.”

Froissart styles Richard II. le jeune damoisel Richart. The Italian is donzella.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Babylonish Garment (A)
Baca
Bacbuc
Bacchanalia
Bacchanalian
Bacchant
Bacchante
Bacchis
Bacchus [wine]
Baccoch
Bachelor
Bachelor of Salamanea (The)
Bachelor’s Buttons
Bachelor’s Fare
Bachelor’s Porch
Bachelor’s Wife (A)
Back (To)
Back and Edge
Backbite (To)
Backbone (The)
Backgammon

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