from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A British military officer's orderly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A servant or valet to an army officer.
  • n. A unit of weight used in the East.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A weight used in the East, varying according to the locality; in Turkey, the greater batman is about 157 pounds, the lesser only a fourth of this; at Aleppo and Smyrna, the batman is 17 pounds.
  • n. A man who has charge of a bathorse and his load.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A person allowed by the government to every company of a regiment on foreign service.
  • n. A Turkish weight varying in amount in different localities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an orderly assigned to serve a British military officer


Obsolete bat, packsaddle (from French bât, from Old French bast, from Late Latin bastum) + man.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
bat (“packsaddle”) +‎ man. The element bat is from French bât, from Old French bast. (Wiktionary)
From Turkish batman. (Wiktionary)


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