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[bat-l-feeld] /ˈbæt lˌfild/
the field or ground on which a battle is fought.
an area of contention, conflict, or hostile opposition:
During that era the classroom became a battlefield of incompatible ideologies.
Also called battleground
[bat-l-ground] /ˈbæt lˌgraʊnd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of battlefield
First recorded in 1805-15; battle1 + field Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He that does not believe is like a battlefield, the scene of every disaster.

  • "He said that they were picked up on the battlefield of Colenso at first," the Baron declared.

    The Avenger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • There is an incongruity about death on the battlefield which assails the mind.

    Mountain Meditations L. Lind-af-Hageby
  • A wounded man is esteemed of little value on the battlefield.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • You'll live in them, revel in them, rejoice in them, they'll be your battlefield.

    The Christian Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for battlefield


the place where a battle is fought; an area of conflict
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for battlefield

1812, from battle (n.) + field (n.). The usual word for it in Old English was wælstow, literally "slaughter-place."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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