mine·​field ˈmīn-ˌfēld How to pronounce minefield (audio)
: an area (as of water or land) set with mines
: something resembling a minefield especially in having many dangers or requiring extreme caution
a political minefield

Examples of minefield in a Sentence

This issue is a political minefield.
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the Democratic Socialist aldermen Johnson tapped for powerful committee assignments upon taking office have stepped into various minefields that gave opponents openings to pounce on the narrative that the mayor’s inner circle is too extreme and lacks decorum. A.d. Quig, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2024 The participation of Israel in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest became a tense minefield for both the event organizers and its participating contestants. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 11 May 2024 Every autumn, hickory nuts and broken shells would rain down on our lawn, turning the grass into a rolling minefield of debris. Melanie McCabe, Washington Post, 11 Mar. 2024 Criminal groups have turned the region into a literal minefield, with a profound impact on daily life. Keegan Hamilton, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2024 In the meantime, companies and organizations training AI face a potential minefield—and may want to keep an eye on the source of data used for training. IEEE Spectrum, 6 Jan. 2024 The shortfall comes as Ukraine is on the defensive along the 600-mile front line in eastern Ukraine and is building additional fortifications, such as bunkers, trenches and minefields. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2024 The legal, regulatory, and ethical issues surrounding the technology can seem like a minefield. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 12 Mar. 2024 Commentary: For Black women, the world of hip-hop has always been a minefield of misogyny. Christian Orozco, Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of minefield was in 1884

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“Minefield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minefield. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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