One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Relating to the Batavians.
- ‘The Batavian revolution of 1795 abolished the special privileges of the Protestants and offered both Jews and Catholics a chance to initiate significant improvements in their condition.’
- ‘He was a Batavian nobleman of equestrian status, which meant that his family had amassed a fortune of over 400,000 sesterces, the property qualification for entry into the equestrian order.’
- ‘His favorite types include red or green ‘Deer Tongue’, and Batavian (crisp-head) lettuces such as ‘Rouge Grenobloise’.’
2historical, archaic Relating to the people of the Netherlands.
- ‘In 1798 Holland and Switzerland had both become unitary and democratic republics, the Batavian and the Helvetic, under the patronage of the Directory.’
- ‘In 1659, as a measure of the esteem in which he was held Flinck was commissioned to paint a cycle of twelve large history paintings for the new town hall in Amsterdam illustrating The Revolt of the Batavians.’
- ‘The destruction of the Dutch fleet at Camperdown only confirmed the contempt felt in Paris for the ineffectiveness of the Batavians.’
- 2.1 Relating to Jakarta in Indonesia (formerly the Dutch East Indies).
- ‘A china vase and Batavian chest on display in the colonial room belie the rationalization of the colonial enterprise as a selfless mission of civilization.’
- ‘‘It is a reflection of the 400 year-long melting of the Chinese, Sundanese and Batavian cultures,’ said Yampolsky, who conducted research on Betawi music between 1990 and 1999.’
- ‘Over a century and a half ago, few Batavians would have believed that Tanjung Priok, then an insignificant area of North Jakarta, would someday become the busiest international seaport in Indonesia.’
A member of the ancient Germanic people who inhabited the island of Betuwe between the Rhine and the Waal (now part of the Netherlands).
- ‘In 50 BCE the Batavians came to what is now know as The Netherlands.’
- ‘The Batavians came out of the Medway beyond the British lines and make their way behind the Britons towards the chariots.’
- ‘Some of the most interesting material relates to Flavius Cerialis, prefect of the Ninth Cohort of Batavians (soldiers from the Low Countries) which was stationed at Vindolanda around 100.’
- ‘There were Batavians, Thracians, Mauretanians, Sarmatians: all brought in through service in the army, and all eventually granted citizenship and a packet of land after their 25 years' service.’
- ‘The western portion was inhabited by the Batavians and became part of a Roman province; the eastern portion was inhabited by the Frisians.’
- ‘In the wake of the infamous Year of the Four Emperors, the Dutch Batavian auxiliaries had mutinied against the emperor Vespasian, joined by their neighbours the Tungrians on the River Meuse.’
- ‘The Batavians fought in the name of Vespasian so they could have stopped their uprising.’
From Latin Batavia (from Batavi ‘the people of Betuwe’) + -an.
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