Borrowed from French battue, feminine singular past participle of battre (“to beat; to defeat”), from Late Latin battere, Latin battuere, present active infinitive of battō, a variant of battuō (“to beat; to fight”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰew- (“to hit, strike”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /bəˈt(j)uː/
- (General American) IPA(key): /bæˈtu/
- Rhymes: -uː (RP)
- Hyphenation: bat‧tue
- (uncountable, hunting) A form of hunting in which game is forced into the open by the beating of sticks on bushes, etc. [from early 19th c.]
- (uncountable, hunting) The game thus forced into the open.
- (countable, hunting) A hunt performed in this manner.
battue f (plural battues)
- battue; the beating of bushes to force out the game
- “battue” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).