battels Brit. an Oxford college account for expenses, esp. for board and the supply of provisions.
Etymology: perh. f. obs. battle (v.) fatten f. obs. battle (adj.) nutritious: cf. BATTEN(2)

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battels /batˈlz/
plural noun
1. (at Oxford and some other universities) accounts for provisions received from college kitchens and butteries
2. Sums charged in college accounts generally
ORIGIN: Poss connected with ↑battle2
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battˈel intransitive verb
To have such an account
battˈeler noun
1. Someone who battels
2. A student of rank below a commoner (obsolete)

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