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[ba-too, -tyoo; French ba-ty]
noun, plural bat·tues [ba-tooz, -tyooz; French ba-ty] /bæˈtuz, -ˈtyuz; French baˈtü/. Chiefly British.
  1. Hunting.
    1. the beating or driving of game from cover toward a stationary hunter.
    2. a hunt or hunting party using this method of securing game.
  2. undiscriminating slaughter of defenseless or unresisting crowds.
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Origin of battue

1810–20; < French, noun use of feminine of battu, past participle of battre < Latin battuere to beat. See battuta, battle1
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Examples from the Web for battue

Historical Examples

  • The noise is as if a thousand sportsmen were out for a battue.

    The Pearl of the Antilles, or An Artist in Cuba

    Walter Goodman

  • The Indian assured him that it was not the first battue of the kind he had made.

  • And as he surveyed the battue he would gradually discern its tactics.

  • His burghers were ready to "go on the battue of Englishmen," when he gave the word.

  • A battue of Communards is obviously superior to a battue of pheasants.

British Dictionary definitions for battue


  1. the beating of woodland or cover to force game to flee in the direction of hunters
    1. an organized shooting party using this method
    2. the game disturbed or shot by this method
  2. indiscriminate slaughter, as of a defenceless crowd
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Word Origin

C19: from French, feminine of battu beaten, from battre to beat, from Latin battuere
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