Definition of battue in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The driving of game towards hunters by beaters.

    • ‘Heavy investment was made in the nineteenth century in rearing thousands of pheasants for leisured slaughter in the battue.’
    • ‘More than a hunt, battue is a social activity where people enjoy the same passion and spend time together.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The battue, a hunt in which bushes are beaten to drive out the game (a method used by the Aborigines), proved to be much more successful.’
    slaughter, wholesale slaughter, mass slaughter, wholesale killing, indiscriminate killing
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    1. 1.1[count noun] A shooting party arranged so that beaters can drive the game towards the hunters:
      ‘they were shot down like pheasants in a battue’
      • ‘In some clubs or associations it's forbidden to hunt antlered stag in battue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.