bachelorette

[ bach-uh-luh-ret, bach-luh- ]
/ ˌbætʃ ə ləˈrɛt, ˌbætʃ lə- /
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noun

an unmarried young woman.

Nearby words

  1. bachelor's button,
  2. bachelor's degree,
  3. bachelor's-button,
  4. bachelor's-buttons,
  5. bachelor-at-arms,
  6. bachelorette party,
  7. bachelorhood,
  8. bachelorism,
  9. bachelorly,
  10. bacill-

Origin of bachelorette

First recorded in 1900–05; bachelor + -ette

Usage note

See -ette.

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British Dictionary definitions for bachelorette

bachelorette

/ (ˌbætʃələˈrɛt) /

noun

jocular a young unmarried professional woman
Canadian another word for bachelor apartment

Word Origin for bachelorette

C20: bachelor + -ette

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Word Origin and History for bachelorette

bachelorette

n.

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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