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batman

[bat-muh n]
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noun, plural bat·men. (in the British army)
  1. a soldier assigned to an officer as a servant.
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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
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batman

noun plural -men
  1. an officer's personal servant in any of the armed forces
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Word Origin

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

Batman1

noun
  1. a character in an American comic strip and several films who secretly assumes a batlike costume in order to fight crime
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Batman2

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

batman

n.

"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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batmen in Culture

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.

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Note

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