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Etymology 1[edit]


battel (plural battels)

  1. Obsolete form of battle.
  2. (Britain, law, obsolete) A single combat.
    trial by battel; wager of battel

Etymology 2[edit]


battel (comparative more battel, superlative most battel)

  1. (obsolete) fertile; fruitful; productive
    • Fairfax
      a battel soil for grain, for pasture good


battel (third-person singular simple present battels, present participle battelling, simple past and past participle battelled)

  1. To make fertile.
    • Ray
      to battel barren land
  2. (Britain, Oxford University slang) To be supplied with provisions from the buttery.


battel (countable and uncountable, plural battels)

  1. (Britain, Oxford University slang, chiefly in the plural) Provisions ordered from the buttery; also, the charges for them.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for battel in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)