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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1845, American English, clipped form of bachelor (n.). Also in colloquial American English use as a verb (1870) meaning "to live as an unmarried man," especially "to do one's own cooking and cleaning." Related: Bached; baching.


n. 1 (surname from=German dot=) of English-speakers. 2 (context music English), a German organist and composer

Bach (disambiguation)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) was a famous German composer of the Baroque period.

Bach may also refer to:

Bach (New Zealand)

A bach (pronounced 'batch') (; (also called a crib in the southern half of the South Island) is a small, often very modest holiday home or beach house. Baches are an iconic part of New Zealand history and culture, especially in the middle of the 20th century, where they symbolised the beach holiday lifestyle that was becoming more accessible to the middle class.

"Bach" was [thought to be] originally short for bachelor pad, but actually they often tended to be a family holiday home. An alternative theory for the origination of the word is that bach is Welsh for small, although the pronunciation of this word is somewhat different. Baches began to gain popularity in the 1950s as roads improved and the increasing availability of cars allowed for middle-class beach holidays, often to the same beach every year. With yearly return trips being made, baches began to spring up in many family vacation spots.

Bach (surname)

Notable people with the surname Bach include:

Bach (crater)

Bach is a double-ringed impact basin centered in the Bach quadrangle of Mercury, which is named after this crater.

Category:Impact craters on Mercury Crater


Bạch is a Vietnamese language surname, which means " white". The name is transliterated as Bai in Chinese, and as Baek (also often spelled Baik, Paek or Paik) in Korean. Bach may be an anglicized variation of Bạch. The surname may refer to:

  • Bạch Liêu (1236–1315), Vietnamese official
  • Bạch Hưng Khang (born 1942), Vietnamese scientist
  • Bạch Thái Bưởi (1874–1932), Vietnamese businessman
  • Bạch Xuân Nguyên (died 1833), Vietnamese official
  • Trần Bạch Đằng (1926–2007), Vietnamese politician
Bach (journal)

Bach is a biannual peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Riemenschneider Bach Institute ( Baldwin Wallace University). It covers the study of Johann Sebastian Bach and Baroque music. The journal was established in 1970 and the 2016-2017 guest editor is Dr. Mary Greer (Cambridge, MA).

Bach (actor)

Charles-Joseph Pasquier (1882-1953), known by his stage name of Bach, was a French actor, singer and music hall performer.

Usage examples of "bach".

Bach seemed to swirl and spin throughout her very being, like some kind of aural kaleidoscope.

Bach said, feeling annoyed that the barbie had put her on the defensive.

The barbie had given it to her when Bach asked for a picture of the murdered woman.

Bach saw herself kneel and help the medical team load the wounded barbie into the capsule.

It was Segovia playing Bach, the Chaconne from the D-Minor Partita, one of my favorites.

The prodigious feat had been noted in the Press of all countries with every circumstance--the five violins he had tired out, the invitation he had received to preside over a South American Republic, the special steamer he had chartered to keep an engagement in North America, and his fainting fit in Moscow after the Beethoven and Brahms concertos, the Bach chaconne, and seventeen encores.

Svengali singing with her voice, just as you hear Joachim play a chaconne of Bach with his fiddle!

The Bach family, gathered at home, would begin with chorales and proceed to feats of extemporary combinatorics.

Er fand einen Bach und trieb den Grauen hindurch, dann badete er darin.

Bach suite and then a gigue, before striking into the air of Greensleeves.

Eric joined the stream of humanity descending the steps into the subway, whistling a Bach gigue to purge his brain of any remaining taint of irritation with Professor Levoisier.

Arietta by Antonio Salieri, then she played a Toccata by Leonardo Leo, a Gavotte by Rameau, a Gigue by Sebastian Bach.

When you look at Blake, listen to Bach, read Douglas Adams or watch Eddie Izzard perform, you feel you are perhaps the only person in the world who really gets them.

Escape from too much Hebraic Bach and Hebraic Kaffeeklatsch and Hebraic cousinry.

Reading him somehow suggests hearing a Bach mass rescored for two fifes, a tambourine in B, a wind machine, two tenor harps, a contrabass oboe, two banjos, eight tubas and the usual clergy and strings.