a fight in which more than two combatants are engaged.
a cockfight in which three, five, or seven fowl are placed simultaneously in the fighting pit to eliminate each other by death or debilitating injury until only the victor remains in fighting condition.
Professional Wrestling. a type of wrestling match in which 15 to 30 wrestlers attempt to stay inside the ring while eliminating competitors by throwing them outside of the ropes until only one wrestler remains and is declared the winner.
a heated argument: After a while the discussion turned into a battle royal.
- Also called last man stand·ing (for defs. 1, 3) .
- Also battle royale .
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How to use battle royal in a sentence
Fortnite, for example, has become more a hangout spot than just a battle royal game.‘We want our brands to be where people are’: As gaming becomes a culture touchstone, advertisers toggle in | Seb Joseph | December 1, 2020 | Digiday
A faceless person casually explains that, since he has “to be there anyway,” he “might as well take part in the battle royal.”American Nightmare: Ralph Ellison’s ‘Invisible Man’ at 60 | Nathaniel Rich | June 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Before long there was enough on the ground to make snowballs, and then a battle royal all around ensued.The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
Already in New York there had been a battle royal on the subject of the proper bedtime for a little girl.The Open Question | Elizabeth Robins
Nevertheless, the interval before the battle-royal began was very trying to her.Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
The battle royal was waged against Congressman Littlefield of Maine.A History of Trade Unionism in the United States | Selig Perlman
Even in its beginnings he says, the French and British mobilization of Chinese labor caused a diplomatic battle royal.
British Dictionary definitions for battle royal
a fight, esp with fists or cudgels, involving more than two combatants; melee
a long violent argument
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