noun (1)
bat·​ta | \ ˈbatə, -atə\
plural -s

Definition of batta

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 India : subsistence money (as for a witness or prisoner) : maintenance or traveling expenses of an employee
2 India : extra pay especially : an extra allowance on special grounds to British officers, soldiers, and others serving in India


noun (2)
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plural battas

Definition of batta (Entry 2 of 2)

1 India : rate of exchange : agio
2 India : discount on uncurrent coins

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History and Etymology for batta

Noun (1)

Hindi bhattā allowance for food, from Sanskrit bhakta allotted, something distributed or enjoyed, food, from bhajati he distributes, allots & bhajate he receives, enjoys

Noun (2)

Hindi baṭṭā

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