bat·​tle·​field | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌfēld How to pronounce battlefield (audio) \

Definition of battlefield

1 : a place where a battle is fought
2 : an area of conflict

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Examples of battlefield in a Sentence

Hundreds of dead soldiers lay on the battlefield. wounded soldiers being carried off the battlefield
Recent Examples on the Web Stick up to the battlefield and strive for more self-fulfillment. Andy Chou, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Several thousand former fighters have now returned to the battlefield. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, 4 June 2021 Meanwhile, the fighters on both sides have mostly taken to the battlefield for lack of economic opportunities elsewhere. Greg Jackson, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 Griffiths expressed frustration that his efforts to achieve a cease-fire have been derailed by warring parties seeking gains on the battlefield. Samy Magdy, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Used as a practical military tactic among Vikings and Romans, long hair in the back kept soldiers warm on the battlefield, while shorter hair in front was less likely to get yanked by an adversary. Jancee Dunn, Vogue, 2 June 2021 Bishop Sean Daniels, who lost his brother on the battlefield, delivered a benediction after a wreath-laying ceremony. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, 1 June 2021 Generations of Americans have paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the nation's armed forces, emerging as heroes on the battlefield. Greg Norman, Fox News, 31 May 2021 Grasso had also come to say goodbye this Memorial Day weekend, something that had been denied him on the battlefield., 29 May 2021

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First Known Use of battlefield

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of battlefield was in 1813

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22 Jun 2021

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“Battlefield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of battlefield

: a place where a battle is fought
: an area of conflict or disagreement


bat·​tle·​field | \ ˈba-tᵊl-ˌfēld How to pronounce battlefield (audio) \

Kids Definition of battlefield

: a place where a military battle is fought or was once fought


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