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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Synonyms for battlefield


battleground, field

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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

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When word got out that Gallagher was being considered for a Silver Star, Chief Petty Officer Craig Miller — then a petty officer 1st class — began complaining about Gallagher’s tactics on the battlefield. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Navy SEAL troop commander disputes witness stories before defense rests in war crimes trial," 29 June 2019 Many countries, including European allies, are reluctant to do so because of the difficulty of prosecuting suspected ISIS members based on evidence collected on the battlefield. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "Australian children of ISIS fighters rescued from Syria," 24 June 2019 Bellavia’s bluster on the battlefield contrasts with his refinement off it. Josiah Bates, Time, "This Medal of Honor Recipient Cleared a House of Iraqi Insurgents Single-Handed. TIME Was There," 24 June 2019 About 300 Americans joined the group, and many died on the battlefield or went missing. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s ISIS Abdication," 14 June 2019 Like his predecessor, Kamose would die on the battlefield just three short years after his accession. National Geographic, "How three rebel queens of Egypt overthrew an empire and gave birth to a new kingdom," 7 Mar. 2019 Voters cast ballots across seven states on Tuesday as the 2018 midterm battlefield continues to take shape: South Carolina, New York, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Maryland, Colorado and Utah. Steve Peoples, Time, "Primaries Expose Division Among Democrats, While Republicans Unite Behind President Trump's Picks," 27 June 2018 But a new wave of fund-raising reports filed in recent days show way more Republicans on the short end of the money chase, especially in races viewed as critical to the 2018 battlefield. Rebecca Schatz, CNN, "Republicans are losing 2018 midterm money wars," 22 Apr. 2018 For a time, Bob and Robin were able to carry their gear onto the battlefield itself. Sean Flynn, Smithsonian, "The Reckoning," 23 Feb. 2018

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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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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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