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A bachelor is a man who is not married (see single person). The term is restricted to men who are not in a pair bond and not actively seeking a long-term partner.
Research done by sociologists Richard Pitt and Elizabeth Borland sharpens the definition of bachelor to mean "men who live independently, outside of their parents' home and other institutional settings, who are neither married nor cohabitating" because these researchers discovered that these profiled men were more liberal in their attitudes towards women's roles in society; this was not the case for those men who were "unmarried" outside this profile.
The word is from Anglo-Norman bacheler , "knight bachelor", a young squire in training, ultimately from Medieval Latin baccalāris , a very low ranking vassal or farm hand. The Old French term crossed into English around 1300, referring to one...