an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.
a children's mummer's parade, as on the Fourth of July, with prizes for the best costumes.
a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.
a printed punctuation mark (‽), available only in some typefaces, designed to combine the question mark (?) and the exclamation point (!), indicating a mixture of query and interjection, as after a rhetorical question.
1393, "prepare for a fight," from O.Fr. embataillier "to prepare for battle," from en- + bataille (see battle). Originally of armies; of individuals as well since 1596 (first attested in Spenser). Embattled "under attack" is from 1961.