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

Synonyms for battlefield


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 Lavrov argued that Russia was ready to negotiate a deal to end hostilities in March when Kyiv changed tack and declared its intention to rout Russia on the battlefield. Susie Blann, Anchorage Daily News, 25 July 2022 On the battlefield, the enhancement of the Ukrainian military’s abilities is occurring as Russia’s is apparently diminishing. Laura King, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2022 Ukraine has the potential to inflict major losses on Russia and make gains on the battlefield, President Volodymyr Zelensky said in his late-night address. Grace Moon, Washington Post, 22 July 2022 In the past, ambitious men had fought on the battlefield to settle rival claims to the ... David Pryce-jones, National Review, 14 July 2022 Yuriy Horodiyenko, a 48-year-old army medic, made a pilgrimage to the ancient heart of the monastery, an underground crypt, with a cast on his right hand from an injury sustained on the battlefield. New York Times, 14 July 2022 Much like Azerbaijan did in 2020, Ukraine has produced propaganda videos of TB2 strikes on Russian forces, including a catchy song extolling the drones’ prowess on the battlefield. Umar Farooq, ProPublica, 12 July 2022 On the battlefield, Ukrainians are using four U.S.-provided High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or Himars, which have a range of some 50 miles. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, 12 July 2022 Ukraine's sports minister, Vadym Gutzeit, said 100 Ukrainian athletes and coaches have been killed either on the battlefield or from Russian shelling, while 22 were captured by Russian forces. Arkansas Online, 10 July 2022 See More

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.

First Known Use of battlefield

1813, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Learn More About battlefield

Time Traveler for battlefield

Time Traveler

The first known use of battlefield was in 1813

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near battlefield

battle fatigue


battlefield flower

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for battlefield

Last Updated

28 Jul 2022

Cite this Entry

“Battlefield.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for battlefield


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

More from Merriam-Webster on battlefield

Nglish: Translation of battlefield for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of battlefield for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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