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 The ground beef is studded with a minefield of fresh and dried hot chiles that sneak up and attack with every other bite. Jenn Harrisstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "I can make that: We try to make the secret Jazz burger at Jitlada," 8 Jan. 2020 The spread of luxury brands into China, Latin America, and Africa has forced designers to consider how best to market to those consumers while avoiding cultural minefields. National Geographic, "The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, it’s more inclusive than ever.," 7 Jan. 2020 The fighting killed more than 1 million people and saw Iran send waves of lightly armed troops into minefields and the fire of Iraqi forces, including teenage soldiers. Washington Post, "Iran’s popular Gen. Soleimani became an icon by targeting US," 3 Jan. 2020 To demine all the minefields around the river systems that feed the delta will require an additional $60 million, Collins says. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "In Angola, Prince Harry joins quest to eradicate land mines," 11 Oct. 2019 The minefield where Diana walked more than two decades ago is now a paved road with buildings on either side, where people are able to walk safely without fear of an explosion. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Follows in Princess Diana's Footsteps, By Visiting a Minefield in Angola," 27 Sep. 2019 Having Antonio Brown on your team means navigating the occasional minefield. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Antonio Brown follows the money and crisis is averted — until the next one," 20 Aug. 2019 Facing the possibility of major defections, a roster implosion or a backbreaking salary cap position, Brand tap-danced his way through the minefield in impressive fashion. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "76ers emerge from inventive free agency as true contenders," 3 July 2019 With an openly gay candidate — South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg — in the race, the never-simple minefield of identity politics will be especially fraught in 2020. Philip Elliott, Time, "Human Rights Campaign Picks Alphonso David as New President," 25 June 2019

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First Known Use of minefield

1884, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

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“Minefield.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minefield. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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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