battle royal

noun
\ -rȯi-ˈal How to pronounce battle royal (audio) \
variants: or battle royale
plural battles royal or battle royals or battles royale or battle royales

Definition of battle royal

1a : 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
b : a violent struggle
2 : a heated dispute

Examples of battle royal in a Sentence

the dysfunctional couple next door had another one of their battles royal last night
Recent Examples on the Web The rules were not articulately explained for this match, which apparently was a hybrid battle royal match where security could be eliminated, pinned or submitted. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 16 June 2022 There’s a battle royal raging over Florida’s congressional districts, with most most of the focus on whether a map should or shouldn’t be drawn to maximize the chances for electing a Black member of Congress along the state’s northern border. Anthony Man, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Apr. 2022 But even more measured assessments portray Ukraine as not the battle royal between good and evil being witnessed by the West, but a Machiavellian tug of war between Washington and Moscow. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 Either way, there's nothing to be gained by Republicans with this battle royal among Greene, Boebert, Mace and Kinzinger. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 30 Nov. 2021 WWE Raw advertised a tag team battle royal to crown a new No. 1 Contender for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships, Shayna Baszler on Alexa’s Playground and a contract signing for the WWE Championship match between Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 31 May 2021 In 1948, Ellison published an excerpt from his novel in progress, the episode of the blindfolded battle royal, in a journal called ’48: The Magazine of the Year. New York Times, 3 June 2021 Arriving in the aftermath of more than a year of weak box-office returns, the $160 million sci-fi battle royal embodied a similar return from seeming oblivion for Hollywood. Chris Lee, Vulture, 5 Apr. 2021 This sets up a battle royal that also turns out to be, approximately, a battle of the sexes. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 19 Feb. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of battle royal

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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5 Aug 2022

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“Battle royal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/battle%20royal. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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