mine·​field | \ ˈmīn-ˌfēld How to pronounce minefield (audio) \

Definition of minefield

1 : an area (as of water or land) set with mines
2 : 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 Navigating this can be a minefield, which is precisely what makes those who actively step outside the boxes we've been prescribed such a joyful, life-changing sight to behold. Marie Southard Ospina, refinery29.com, "Here’s Why Fat Babes Are Reclaiming “Tacky” Makeup," 26 Jan. 2021 Those pressures have led to a minefield of terms and conditions that vary by carrier. Karin Matussek, Fortune, "Stiffed by an airline for a flight you couldn’t take? This U.K. watchdog is on the case," 16 Dec. 2020 Instead, pictures of Bennu’s surface taken by OSIRIS-REx’s cameras before the touch-and-go appeared to show a minefield of sharp boulders and rocks. Chris Wright, Wired, "How NASA Scrambled to Save OSIRIS-REx From Leaky Disaster," 16 Dec. 2020 However several other clubs currently projected to make the Super Bowl LV tournament will have to navigate a minefield of tough opponents and their own flaws. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Four NFL teams that currently hold playoff spots could be in danger of December collapse," 11 Dec. 2020 The decisions looming for the Padres offer a minefield of risk. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres must chase down pitching, again," 3 Dec. 2020 This is a logistical minefield because of the country’s banking crisis. Washington Post, "Beirut’s blast wrecked their church. This volunteer is racing to rebuild it by Christmas Eve.," 16 Dec. 2020 For example, navigating the yearly challenge of holidays and family traditions is a relationship minefield. Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., The Conversation, "7 research-based resolutions that will help strengthen your relationship in the year ahead," 28 Dec. 2020 Llewellyn King and guests explore the domestic minefield that awaits the Biden administration. Washington Post, "22nd Annual A Home for the Holidays," 19 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of minefield

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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18 Feb 2021

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“Minefield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minefield. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of minefield

: an area of land or water that contains mines (sense 2)
: something that has many dangers or risks

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