• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • battledoor A child's hornbook.
    • battledoor An instrument, with a handle and a flat part covered with parchment or crossed with catgut, used to strike a shuttlecock in play; also, the play of battledoor and shuttlecock.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Battledoor bat′l-dōr a light bat for striking a ball or shuttlecock
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. batyldour,. A corrupted form of uncertain origin; cf. Sp. batallador, a great combatant, he who has fought many battles, Pg. batalhador, Pr. batalhador, warrior, soldier, fr. L. battalia,; or cf. Pr. batedor, batlet, fr. batre, to beat, fr. L. batuere,. See Battle (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Sp. batidor, a beater, a washing-beetle; but this is doubtful.


In literature:

Battledoor and shuttlecock and hunt-the-slipper have also their attractions.
"The Last Chronicle of Barset" by Anthony Trollope
Battledoor or shuttlecock may be taught to children of both sexes very early; and it affords a healthy and almost untiring source of amusement.
"The Young Mother" by William A. Alcott
Anger had set her going, just as a blow from a battledoor sends off a shuttlecock.
"Little Folks Astray" by Sophia May (Rebecca Sophia Clarke)
They were mere shuttlecocks between the battledoors of Jersey City and New York.
"Round the Block" by John Bell Bouton
Sometimes the girls bring their battledoors to school.
"The Teacher" by Jacob Abbott
DEAR ST. NICHOLAS: We have formed a club for playing battledoor and shuttlecock.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, V. 5, April 1878" by Various
At the New Year the popular out-of-door games are battledoor and shuttlecock, and ball.
"Japanese Girls and Women" by Alice Mabel Bacon
The game of shuttlecock and battledoor has been going on in this dark and awesome gorge since Heaven knows when.
"Historic Waterways--Six Hundred Miles of Canoeing Down the Rock, Fox, and Wisconsin Rivers" by Reuben Gold Thwaites