Definition of battue in English:

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Pronunciation: /baˈto͞o/


1The driving of game toward hunters by beaters.
Example sentences
  • Heavy investment was made in the nineteenth century in rearing thousands of pheasants for leisured slaughter in the battue.
  • Researching the meaning of the word "battue" gives some indication of such a rifle's intended purpose, which is to rapidly acquire and shoot multiple animals in something approaching a stampede.
  • More than a hunt, battue is a social activity where people enjoy the same passion and spend time together.
1.1A hunting party arranged by driving game toward hunters by beaters.
Example sentences
  • But any improvement in relations was temporary, for further improvements in guns led to vast battues, in which 1,000 birds might be shot in one day.
  • In some clubs or associations it's forbidden to hunt antlered stag in battue.
  • A head of the hunt in a battue may be a person who has passed an aptitude test in the State Forest Service and has received a head of the hunt’s certificate.


Early 19th century: from French, feminine past participle of battre 'to beat', from Latin battuere.

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Syllabification: bat·tue

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