[ foks-hohl ]
/ ˈfɒksˌhoʊl /


a small pit, usually for one or two soldiers, dug as a shelter in a battle area.

Origin of foxhole

First recorded in 1915–20; fox + hole Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for foxhole


/ (ˈfɒksˌhəʊl) /


military a small pit dug during an action to provide individual shelter against hostile fire
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Word Origin and History for foxhole



also fox-hole, Old English fox-hol "a fox's den," from fox (n.) + hole (n.). Military sense is from World War I.

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