|—n , pl -men|
|an officer's personal servant in any of the armed forces|
|[C18: from Old French bat, bast, from Medieval Latin bastum packsaddle]|
|a character in an American comic strip and several films who secretly assumes a batlike costume in order to fight crime|
A comic strip character that first appeared in 1939. With his faithful sidekick Robin (the Boy Wonder), Batman fights crime in Gotham City, foiling evil villains such as the Joker and the Riddler.
Note: Batman's adventures have been widely adapted for television and a number of motion pictures.