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battels Line breaks: bat|tels
Pronunciation: /ˈbat(ə)lz/

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Definition of battels in English:

plural noun

(At Oxford University) a college account for food and accommodation expenses.
Example sentences
  • St Peter's College JCR has passed a motion to add £5 to every under-graduate's termly battels bill to be donated to charity.
  • To cover the cost of this operation, all the undergraduates in college were charged a share of £500 to their battels.
  • Following the deadline for the payment of battels, the Queens' partial-payment rent strike faced an uncertain future yesterday when college authorities denied non-payers the right to use certain facilities.

Origin

Late 16th century: perhaps from dialect battle 'nourish', from the earlier adjective battle 'nutritious'; probably related to batten2.

Words that rhyme with battels

Naples • Brussels • Beatles

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