A man who has not been married. Probably from baccalaris, “a man employed on a grazing-farm” (Low Latin, bacca, for vacca, a cow). French, bachelier, bachelette (a damsel).
Froissart styles Richard II le jeune damoisel Richart. The Italian is donzella.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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