Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit


Borrowed from Old French bataille, from Late Latin battālia.


  • IPA(key): /batˈɛi̯l(ə)/, /ˈbatɛl(ə)/, /ˈbatəl(ə)/


batayle (plural batayles)

  1. An extended fight, war or armed contest; battling or warring.
  2. A battle; a match between two rival armed forces.
  3. 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 [...]
  4. A duel or match to decide a dispute.
  5. A fight or dispute between ideas or religious forces:
    1. (rare) One's striving to eliminate or expunge malicious forces.
    2. (rare) A strike or blow from malicious forces.

Related termsEdit


  • English: battle
  • Scots: battle