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

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battleground (ˈbætəlˌɡraʊnd)


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



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

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