A bachelor, not necessarily one pledged to celibacy, but simply
a man of marriageable age, not married. St. Benedict was a most
uncompromising stickler for celibacy.
“Is it not a pun? There is an old saying, `Needles and pins; when a
man marries his trouble begins.' If so the unmarried man is benedictus.” -Life in the West.
(4 syl.). Monks who follow the rule of St. Benedict, viz. implicit
obedience, celibacy, abstaining from laughter, spare diet, poverty, the
exercise of hospitality, and unremitting industry.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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