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.

Nearby words

  1. battleax,
  2. battlebus,
  3. battledore,
  4. battledore placenta,
  5. battledress,
  6. battlefront,
  7. battleground,
  8. battlement,
  9. battlements,
  10. battlepiece

Origin of battlefield

First recorded in 1805–15; battle1 + field

Also called bat·tle·ground [bat-l-ground] /ˈbæt lˌgraʊnd/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for battlefield

British Dictionary definitions for battlefield


battleground (ˈbætəlˌɡraʊnd)


the place where a battle is fought; an area of conflict
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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."

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