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.

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

Related Words for battlefield

arena, battleground, front, field, salient, Armageddon

Examples from the Web for battlefield

Contemporary Examples of battlefield

Historical Examples of battlefield

  • 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


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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper