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From Vulgar Latin *battālia, from Late Latin battuālia (military exercises), from Latin battuō (to strike, beat), from Gaulish.



  1. (obsolete) Order of battle; disposition or arrangement of troops or of a naval force, ready for action.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      A drawing up the armies in battalia.
  2. (obsolete) An army in battle array; also, the main battalia or body.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for battalia in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)