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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The tumult comes as race has become a partisan battlefield, following a series of Twitter attacks by Trump on House Democrats of color. Alan Fram,, "‘Monday Night Massacre’: Top aides leave House Democrats’ campaign operation amid diversity complaints," 30 July 2019 The tumult comes in a period when race has become a partisan battlefield, following a series of Twitter attacks by President Donald Trump on House Democrats of color. Alan Fram, Fortune, "Mass Departure of Top Aides Shakes Democrats’ Campaign Arm Amid Diversity Complaints," 30 July 2019 The image above completely sums the game up - a fierce battle played on a pitch that looked more like a battlefield, players scrapping with opposing players., "5 Classic Clashes Between Manchester United & Leeds Ahead of Wednesday's Pre-Season Friendly," 17 July 2019 Previous SlideNext Slide This first trailer opens on a desolate battlefield during World War I, as a young soldier comes into view carrying a fallen comrade on his back. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Lawrence of Arabia takes on Rasputin in first trailer for The King’s Man," 15 July 2019 For statesmen reeling from the carnage of the battlefields, this was a hopeful prospect. Phillip Dehne, Twin Cities, "Phillip Dehne: How World War I transformed economic warfare," 2 July 2019 When Sauer talks his language is suffused with words such as mission, ordeal and battlefield, reflecting the intensity of his past life. Ben Church And Patrick Sung, CNN, "The elite military veterans nurturing the new generation of professional gamers," 1 July 2019 On Thursday, with a backdrop of white memorial markers honoring the thousands of young Americans who lost their lives on the Normandy battlefield, the President gave a rambling interview to Fox News host Laura Ingraham. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Where Are the Protests? I Don’t See Any Protests!”," 9 June 2019 Her terrible tactical strategies on the battlefield, particularly her failure to protect Daenerys' dragons. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Will There Be More Dragons in 'Game of Thrones'?," 12 May 2019

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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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