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)