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[bach-uh-luh-ret, bach-luh-]
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  1. an unmarried young woman.
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Origin of bachelorette

First recorded in 1900–05; bachelor + -ette

Usage note

See -ette.
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British Dictionary definitions for bachelorette


  1. jocular a young unmarried professional woman
  2. Canadian another word for bachelor apartment
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Word Origin

C20: bachelor + -ette
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Word Origin and History for bachelorette


1935, American English, from bachelor with French ending -ette. Replaced earlier bachelor-girl (1895). Middle French had bachelette "young girl;" Modern French bachelière is found only in the "student" sense.

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