batayle (plural batayles)
- An extended fight, war or armed contest; battling or warring.
- A battle; a match between two rival armed forces.
- A company or band of soldiers; a portion of one's fighting force.
- 1470–1485 (date produced), Thomas Malory, “Capitulum x”, in [Le Morte Darthur], book II, [London: […] by William Caxton], published 31 July 1485, OCLC 71490786, leaf 43, verso; republished as H[einrich] Oskar Sommer, editor, Le Morte Darthur […], London: David Nutt, […], 1889, OCLC 890162034, lines 28–31, page 86:
- Thenne kyng Arthur made redy his hooſt in x batails and Nero was redy in the felde afore the caſtel Tarabil with a grete hooſt / & he had x batails with many mo peple than Arthur had [...]
- Then King Arthur made ready his host in 10 battles and Nero was ready in the field before the castle Tarabil with a great host / and he had 10 battles with many more people than Arthur had [...]
- A duel or match to decide a dispute.
- A fight or dispute between ideas or religious forces: