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[bat-l] /ˈbæt l/ British
an account with or terminal bill from a college of Oxford University for board, kitchen, and buttery expenses.
battels, expenses, bills, and accounts of a student at Oxford, including those for clothing, books, and personal expenses as well as for tuition, lodging, and food.
verb (used without object), batteled, batteling.
to have an account with or to be supplied with food and drink from a college kitchen or buttery at Oxford University.
Origin of battel
late Middle English
1700-10; compare New Latin batellae (1636), batillī (1557), probably to be identified with late Middle English batell (in AL), taken to mean “charge for provisions”; of obscure origin; kinship with Scots, N England dialect ba(i)ttle rich, fattening (of pasture) is dubious
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plural noun
(at some universities) the account of a member of a college for board, provisions, and other college expenses
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from obsolete battle to feed, fatten, of uncertain origin
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