[ bat-muhn ]

noun,plural bat·men.(in the British army)
  1. a soldier assigned to an officer as a servant.

Origin of batman

1745–55; short for bat-horse man, equivalent to bat<French bât packsaddle (<Vulgar Latin *bastum, noun derivative of *bastāre to carry <Late Greek *bastân, re-formation of Greek bastázein to lift, carry) + horse + man

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How to use batman in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for batman (1 of 3)


/ (ˈbætmən) /

nounplural -men
  1. an officer's personal servant in any of the armed forces

Origin of batman

C18: from Old French bat, bast, from Medieval Latin bastum packsaddle

British Dictionary definitions for Batman (2 of 3)


/ (ˈbætˌmæn) /

  1. a character in an American comic strip and several films who secretly assumes a batlike costume in order to fight crime

British Dictionary definitions for Batman (3 of 3)


/ (ˈbætmən) /

  1. John . 1801–39, a pioneer who selected the site of the city of Melbourne

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Cultural definitions for Batman


A comic strip character that first appeared in 1939. With his faithful sidekick Robin (the Boy Wonder), Batman fights crime in Gotham City, foiling evil villains such as the Joker and the Riddler.

Notes for Batman

Batman's adventures have been widely adapted for television and a number of motion pictures.

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