battle royal

\ -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

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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 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 One of the most ardent supporters of last month’s surprise Air Force decision to award the future permanent headquarters of the U.S. Space Command to Alabama admits there’s going to be a political battle royal to keep it there. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, 18 Feb. 2021 But with the three podium finishers in Zagreb in fine form and with Shiffrin returning to her best the stage is set for a battle royal for medals in the slalom and giant slalom races at the championships. Paul Gittings, CNN, 3 Jan. 2021 This is the political equivalent to a battle royal. Brendan Farrington,, 13 Oct. 2020 This is the political equivalent to a battle royal. Brendan Farrington,, 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of battle royal

1671, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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18 Jun 2021

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“Battle royal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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