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BATTEL, or BATTELS (of uncertain orig...

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Originally appearing in Volume V03, Page 530 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BATTEL, or BATTELS (of uncertain origin, possibly connected with " battle," a nogthern English word meaning to feed, or " batten "), a word used at Oxford University for the food ordered by members of the college as distinct from the usual commons "; and hence college accounts for board and provisions supplied from kitchen and buttery, and, generally, the whole of a man's college accounts. " Batteler," now a resident in a college, was originally a rank of students between commoners and servitors who, as the name implies, were not supplied with " commons," but only such provisions as they ordered for themselves.
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