[ bat-muh n ]
/ ˈbæt mən /

noun, plural bat·men. (in the British army)

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 + man1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for batmen (1 of 3)


/ (ˈbætmən) /

noun plural -men

an officer's personal servant in any of the armed forces

Word Origin for batman

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

British Dictionary definitions for batmen (2 of 3)


/ (ˈbætˌmæn) /


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 batmen (3 of 3)


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John . 1801–39, a pioneer who selected the site of the city of Melbourne
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Word Origin and History for batmen



"officer's servant," originally military title for "man in charge of a bat-horse and its load," 1755, from bat "pack-saddle" (late 14c.), from Old French bast (Modern French bât), from Late Latin bastum (see baton). Hence also batwoman (1941). The comic book hero dates from 1939.

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Culture definitions for batmen


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.


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