Definition of battels in English:


plural noun

  • (at Oxford University) a college account for food and accommodation expenses.

    • ‘The governing body will increase rent by a further 7% in the 2005-2006 academic year, bringing battels up by 36% over the four years.’
    • ‘To cover the cost of this operation, all the undergraduates in college were charged a share of £500 to their battels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The suggested increases would raise battels by £4 000 for a three year degree, increasing board and lodging costs by 57%.’
    • ‘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.’


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