battle etymology

Middle English word battle comes from Proto-Indo-European *bū-, Proto-Indo-European *bhau(t)-, and later Old French bataille (Battle.)

Detailed word origin of battle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*bū- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*bhau(t)- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
battuo Latin (lat) I bang (have sex with). I beat, hit, pound, beat up. I fight.
battālia Late Latin (LL)
bataille Old French (fro) Battle.
battle Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as battle

Descendants of *bū-
beel bele bil bile bill bille bul bule bullok bulrish
Descendants of *bhau(t)-
abaten bat bataille batel batte embatailen