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 temperature of the bedroom at night, the cap on the toothpaste, and how long the in-laws are staying are all potential minefields. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "How to Fight Fair In Relationships," 31 Jan. 2020 The camp was surrounded by a minefield that was never properly cleared after the war. New York Times, "Europe’s Migration Crisis Has Ebbed. Croatia Wants to Keep It That Way.," 24 Jan. 2020 There are minefields that could extend the downturn. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "If a recession hits next year, it would probably be mild. But a recovery would also be tame.," 30 Dec. 2019 Data rules in Europe are already a minefield, with some companies struggling to apply a complicated new regulation on personal data. Jonathan Stearns, Bloomberg.com, "What’s Wrong With Europe and How Its New Chief Plans to Fix It," 29 Nov. 2019 Related Stories The new system, on the other hand, doesn’t involve anyone going into the water—or the suspected minefield, for that matter. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Navy Takes Another Successful Step Toward Mine-Hunting Robots," 10 Sep. 2019 Diabetes turned my nights into minefields, tossing, turning, lying awake for hours. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Hi, I’m David. I’m a drug addict," 6 Sep. 2019 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

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Minefield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/minefield?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=m&file=minefi01. Accessed 19 Feb. 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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