bat·​tle·​field | \ˈba-tᵊl-ˌfēld \

Definition of battlefield 

1 : a place where a battle is fought

2 : an area of conflict

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for battlefield


battleground, field

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Even away from the battlefield, extremists on social media and the internet are proving to be potent. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "ISIS May Be Waning, but Global Threats of Terrorism Continue to Spread," 6 July 2018 News from the battlefield has been scarce but for a handful of missives delivered by those brave enough to keep tweeting. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "‘No place to recharge my Kindle’: Letters imagine the front lines of America’s ‘second civil war’," 3 July 2018 Buoyed by a favorable battlefield, Republicans have held on to their Senate majority. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Republicans will hold on to their Senate majority," 7 Nov. 2018 Next up, in a few weeks, a two-day roadie to Franklin, TN, site of a fantastic Civil War battlefield, good shopping and dining, close to the Natchez Trace and its hiking trails, Leiper’s Fork, the Loveless Café and Nashville. Paul Daugherty,, "Daugherty's Morning Line: Do you really want your players in the MLB All-Star Game?," 9 July 2018 Stand above a battlefield (or, if your room is cramped, sit without losing the effect). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review and interview: Brass Tactics finally brings true RTS to VR," 21 Feb. 2018 Sutton said Yobe could also be used in military communications, to enable better communications among groups of soldiers on a battlefield. Hiawatha Bray,, "Tech community wrestles over working with government," 13 July 2018 The Sky auction has become a central battlefield in a larger contest between Comcast and Disney. Kiley Roache, WSJ, "Fox Gets U.K. Approval to Buy Sky Amid Bidding War With Comcast," 12 July 2018 Here were are, barely 72 hours into this tournament and already Federer’s half of the draw has turned into a battlefield. Jon Wertheim,, "Five Thoughts From Day Four at Wimbledon," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'battlefield.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of battlefield

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about battlefield

Share battlefield

Statistics for battlefield

Last Updated

1 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for battlefield

The first known use of battlefield was in 1813

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for battlefield



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 \

Kids Definition of battlefield

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on battlefield

What made you want to look up battlefield? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a soft lustrous wool fabric with mohair

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!