battle royal

noun, plural battles royal.

a fight in which more than two combatants are engaged.
a heated argument: After a while the discussion turned into a battle royal.

Nearby words

  1. battle line,
  2. battle of britain,
  3. battle of the atlantic,
  4. battle of the bulge,
  5. battle plan,
  6. battle star,
  7. battle station,
  8. battle wagon,
  9. battle-ax,
  10. battle-ax culture

Origin of battle royal

First recorded in 1665–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for battle royal

battle royal


a fight, esp with fists or cudgels, involving more than two combatants; melee
a long violent argument
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