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bat•tel (bat′l),USA pronunciation n., v., -teled, -tel•ing. [Brit.]
- British Termsan account with or terminal bill from a college of Oxford University for board, kitchen, and buttery expenses.
- British Termsbattels, expenses, bills, and accounts of a student at Oxford, including those for clothing, books, and personal expenses as well as for tuition, lodging, and food.
- to have an account with or to be supplied with food and drink from a college kitchen or buttery at Oxford University.
- 1700–10; compare Neo-Latin batellae (1636), batillī (1557), probably to be identified with late Middle English batell (in Anglo-Latin), taken to mean "charge for provisions''; of obscure origin, originally; kinship with Scots, north, northern England dialect, dialectal ba(i)ttle rich, fattening (of pasture) is dubious