gun·​fight ˈgən-ˌfīt How to pronounce gunfight (audio)
: a hostile encounter in which antagonists with guns shoot at each other
gunfighter noun

Examples of gunfight in a Sentence

There was a gunfight between the rival gangs.
Recent Examples on the Web The suspects returned roughly 15 minutes later; that time, a man of a different description fired at Juarez, prompting the gunfight. Jakob Rodgers, The Mercury News, 10 July 2024 Legend has it that Courtright confronted Short over unpaid extortion money, sparking a gunfight that ended in Courtright’s death outside the White Elephant Saloon. Tiffani Jackson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 21 June 2024 An armed fugitive allegedly opened fire on South Carolina police Tuesday morning, killing a K-9 in a gunfight that left other officers with minor injuries, according to authorities. Michael Ruiz, Fox News, 13 June 2024 In late March, a bloody gunfight took place near the school between police and their citizen supporters, and armed groups. Websder Corneille, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for gunfight 

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Word History

First Known Use

1659, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gunfight was in 1659

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“Gunfight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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gun·​fight -ˌfīt How to pronounce gunfight (audio)
: a fight fought with guns
gunfighter noun

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