Meaning of Batavian in English:


Pronunciation /bəˈteɪvɪən/


  • 1Relating to the Batavians.

    ‘He was a Batavian nobleman of equestrian status, which meant that his family had amassed a fortune of over 400,000 sesterces, the property qualification for entry into the equestrian order.’
    • ‘The Batavian revolution of 1795 abolished the special privileges of the Protestants and offered both Jews and Catholics a chance to initiate significant improvements in their condition.’
    • ‘His favorite types include red or green ‘Deer Tongue’, and Batavian (crisp-head) lettuces such as ‘Rouge Grenobloise’.’
  • 2 historical, archaic Relating to the people of the Netherlands.

    ‘In 1798 Holland and Switzerland had both become unitary and democratic republics, the Batavian and the Helvetic, under the patronage of the Directory.’
    • ‘The destruction of the Dutch fleet at Camperdown only confirmed the contempt felt in Paris for the ineffectiveness of the Batavians.’
    • ‘In 1659, as a measure of the esteem in which he was held Flinck was commissioned to paint a cycle of twelve large history paintings for the new town hall in Amsterdam illustrating The Revolt of the Batavians.’
    1. 2.1Relating to Jakarta in Indonesia (formerly the Dutch East Indies).
      ‘‘It is a reflection of the 400 year-long melting of the Chinese, Sundanese and Batavian cultures,’ said Yampolsky, who conducted research on Betawi music between 1990 and 1999.’
      • ‘A china vase and Batavian chest on display in the colonial room belie the rationalization of the colonial enterprise as a selfless mission of civilization.’
      • ‘Over a century and a half ago, few Batavians would have believed that Tanjung Priok, then an insignificant area of North Jakarta, would someday become the busiest international seaport in Indonesia.’


  • A member of the ancient Germanic people who inhabited the island of Betuwe between the Rhine and the Waal (now part of the Netherlands).

    ‘The western portion was inhabited by the Batavians and became part of a Roman province; the eastern portion was inhabited by the Frisians.’
    • ‘Some of the most interesting material relates to Flavius Cerialis, prefect of the Ninth Cohort of Batavians (soldiers from the Low Countries) which was stationed at Vindolanda around 100.’
    • ‘There were Batavians, Thracians, Mauretanians, Sarmatians: all brought in through service in the army, and all eventually granted citizenship and a packet of land after their 25 years' service.’
    • ‘In the wake of the infamous Year of the Four Emperors, the Dutch Batavian auxiliaries had mutinied against the emperor Vespasian, joined by their neighbours the Tungrians on the River Meuse.’


From Latin Batavia (from Batavi ‘the people of Betuwe’) + -an.