[bach-uh-luh-ret, bach-luh-]
an unmarried young woman.

1900–05; bachelor + -ette

See -ette. Unabridged
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bachelorette (ˌbætʃələˈrɛt)
1.  jocular a young unmarried professional woman
2.  (Canadian) another word for bachelor apartment
[C20: bachelor + -ette]

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Word Origin & History

1935, from bachelor with Fr. ending -ette. Replaced earlier bachelor-girl (1895). M.Fr. had bachelette "young girl;" Mod.Fr. bachelière is found only in the "student" sense.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
On the contrary, a bachelorette apartment is viewed more as a practical solution to single life.
On this evening, a bachelorette party waits for taxis to take the bride and her friends out on the town.
The trip, which she took three weeks before her wedding, was a bachelorette party for her and four members of her bridal party.
Well except for a bachelorette party which went upstairs.
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