bachelorhood

[bach-uh-ler-hood, bach-ler-]
noun
the state of being a bachelor.
Also, bachelordom.


Origin:
1825–35; bachelor + -hood

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bachelor (ˈbætʃələ, ˈbætʃlə)
 
n
1.  a.  an unmarried man
 b.  (as modifier): a bachelor flat
2.  a.  a person who holds the degree of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science, etc
 b.  the degree itself
3.  Also called: bachelor-at-arms (in the Middle Ages) a young knight serving a great noble
4.  bachelor seal a young male seal, esp a fur seal, that has not yet mated
 
[C13: from Old French bacheler youth, squire, from Vulgar Latin baccalāris (unattested) farm worker, of Celtic origin; compare Irish Gaelic bachlach peasant]
 
usage  Gender-neutral form: single person
 
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Example sentences
Roman emperors are said to have struggled with increasing bachelorhood before
  the empire's decline.
He was familiar with the simplicity of purpose, the lonely liberties, of
  bachelorhood.
But bachelorhood is no solution to the long-term problem.
The ring meant marriage, the sixpence meant wealth, the thimble meant
  spinsterhood and the button meant bachelorhood.
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