battle royal


variants or battle royale
plural battles royal or battle royals or battles royale or battle royales
: a fight participated in by more than two combatants
especially : one in which the last fighter in the ring or the last fighter standing is declared the winner
: a violent struggle
: a heated dispute

Examples of battle royal in a Sentence

the sisters had a battle royal over whose turn it was to use the family car
Recent Examples on the Web In a 2-2-1-1 format, the ACC and Big 12 could very well receive just one bid (the AQ), because their No. 2 teams would compete annually in a battle royal for at-large berths against the Big Ten and SEC bluebloods, not to mention Notre Dame. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 4 Mar. 2024 Even the scenes featuring the most brutality — like an epic battle royal at the end and a midway face-off between enthusiastic club member Hazel (Ruby Cruz) and a monstrous high school wrestler — deliver a fresh, even empowered, take on the teen film. Elaina Patton, NBC News, 25 Aug. 2023 But this battle royal has a juicy twist: Oppenheimer is the first film Nolan has made outside of Warner Bros. since Memento way back in 2000. Vulture, 14 July 2023 One of those people is Gaby, who confronts Liz in a passive-aggressive battle royal. Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 5 June 2023 Tenney, who has faced backlash multiple times for saying racial slurs during his streams, caught his wave when Epic Games released the battle royal shooting game in 2017. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2023 Tweens, however, are most likely to play battle royal (49%), racing (46%) and survival games (39%); while Millennials gravitate more toward MMO (41%), strategy (27%) and RPG (26%) genres, with games like Elden Ring or World of Warcraft. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 13 Apr. 2023 The director, Chad Stahelski, works these elaborate fights and their flimsy killings with flashy but insignificant embellishments (such as filming an indoor battle royal from overhead, as if by drone). Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2023 With Mandy on the run, heading back to her father’s Wyoming ranch, and Roy Lee in close pursuit, all parties are set to converge in a bloody battle royal for possession of the shirt. Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of battle royal was in 1671

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“Battle royal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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