Definitions

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

  • n. The beating of woods and bushes to flush game.
  • n. A hunt in which this is done.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of hunting in which game is forced into the open by the beating of sticks on bushes etc.
  • n. The game thus forced into the open.
  • n. A hunt performed in this manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of beating the woods, bushes, etc., for game.
  • n. The game itself.
  • n. The wanton slaughter of game.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A method of hunting in which the game is driven from cover by beaters toward a point where the sportsmen are in wait.
  • n. Hence Any beat-up or thorough search, or undiscriminating slaughter, especially of defenseless or unresisting crowds.
  • n. The game driven from cover by the battue method.

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

  • n. indiscriminate slaughter
  • n. a hunt in which beaters force the game to flee in the direction of the hunter

Etymologies

French, feminine of battu, past participle of battre, to beat, from Old French batre; see batter1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Portuguese batuda or Italian battuta (a beating); See Latin battuo, (to beat.) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • | On page 321, the word battue is not a typographical error.

    On the Heels of De Wet

  • | A battue is a hunt in which beaters force the game to |

    On the Heels of De Wet

  • I have seen many old libraries, the doors of which remained unopened from week's end to week's end; where you inhaled the dust of paper-decay with every breath, and could not take up a book without sneezing; where old boxes, full of older literature, served as preserves for the bookworm, without even an autumn "battue" to thin the breed.

    The Enemies of Books

  • On the day of the sixth of June, a battue of the sewers had been ordered.

    Les Miserables

  • He had no quarrel with me, for he used to give me a meal when I went out hunting in that direction; and once he turned out a hundred of his young men, and I had a great battue of wild dogs.

    Prester John

  • On the other hand, when an author of the third or rare class writes, it is like a battue.

    The Art of Literature

  • A gin (the last female native of Dunk Island) who died in 1900 was wont to tell of the final battue at Timana, and the feast that followed, in which she took part as a child.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • June to September, the villagers sally forth en masse for a battue of elephants, whose spoils bring various luxuries from the coast.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • "Then we might yet get two or three beasts out of this failed battue?"

    The Game Of Empire

  • They found a school of -- not exactly fish -- and cooperated in a battue.

    A Circus of Hells

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