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plural -s
: the account for college expenses at Oxford University
specifically : the account for board and provisions supplied from the college kitchen
usually used in plural
Father would have the money put by for my first year's battels Thomas Wood †1950


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intransitive verb

: to have an account with or to be supplied with provisions from a college kitchen or buttery at Oxford University

Word History



perhaps from battle entry 5

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“Battel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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