Definition of battue in US English:



  • 1The driving of game toward 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    slaughter, wholesale slaughter, mass slaughter, wholesale killing, indiscriminate killing
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    1. 1.1 A hunting party arranged by driving game toward hunters by beaters.
      • ‘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.