Definition of battledore in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbadlˌdôr/


(also battledore and shuttlecock) historical
1A game played with a shuttlecock and rackets, a forerunner of badminton.
Example sentences
  • He and I played games like marbles and shuttlecock and battledore.
  • Ethel and Edith Dillon, as they were known to their parents, were playing the then-fashionable game of battledore, an early version of table tennis, in the family home at Clonbrock House.
  • His origins in the fashion industry are very visible in a print like 'Woman playing battledore' from the series 'Five figures of modern beauties'.
1.1The small racket used in the game of battledore.
Example sentences
  • Participants will paint pictures and designs on their own battledores and tops, and then play with them.
  • The commoners too decorated their battledores, with colours which varied according to the local area.
  • Approximately 50 thousand battledores, with prices ranging from 1000 yen to 600,000 yen are sold at this time.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'a paddle-shaped implement used in washing clothes'): perhaps from Provençal batedor 'beater, paddle', from batre 'to beat'.

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Syllabification: bat·tle·dore

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