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Etymology 1Edit


battel (plural battels)

  1. Obsolete form of battle.
  2. (Britain, law, obsolete) A single combat.
    trial by battel; wager of battel

Etymology 2Edit


battel (comparative more battel, superlative most battel)

  1. (obsolete) fertile; fruitful; productive
    • Fairfax
      a battel soil for grain, for pasture good


battel (third-person singular simple present battels, present participle battelling, simple past and past participle battelled)

  1. To make fertile.
    • Ray
      to battel barren land
  2. (Britain, Oxford University) To be supplied with provisions from the buttery.
    • 1607, W.S., The Puritan, or the Widow of Watling Street[1], The Tudor Facsimile Texts, published 1911:
      Troth, and for mine owne part, I am a poore Gentleman, & a Scholler, I haue beene matriculated in the Vniuerſitie, wore out ſixe Gownes there, ſeene ſome fooles, and ſome Schollers, ſome of the Citty, and ſome of the Countrie, kept order, went bare-headed ouer the Quadrangle, eate my Commons with a good ſtomach, and Battled with Diſcretion; at laſt, hauing done many ſlights and trickes to maintaine my witte in vſe (as my braine would neuer endure mee to bee idle,) I was expeld the Vniuerſitie, onely for ſtealing a Cheeſe out of Ieſus Colledge.


battel (countable and uncountable, plural battels)

  1. (Britain, Oxford University, chiefly in the plural) Fees charged by a college for accommodation and living expenses.
  2. (Britain, Oxford University, chiefly in the plural, obsolete) Provisions ordered from the buttery.

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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.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 battel in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)