battlefield

[ bat-l-feeld ]
/ ˈbæt lˌfild /

noun

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/.

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British Dictionary definitions for battleground

battlefield

battleground (ˈbætəlˌɡraʊnd)

/ (ˈbætəlˌfiːld) /

noun

the place where a battle is fought; an area of conflict
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Word Origin and History for battleground

battlefield

n.

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

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