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battlefield

[bat-l-feeld] /ˈbæt lˌfild/
noun
1.
the field or ground on which a battle is fought.
2.
an area of contention, conflict, or hostile opposition:
During that era the classroom became a battlefield of incompatible ideologies.
Also called battleground
[bat-l-ground] /ˈbæt lˌgraʊnd/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; battle1 + field
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British Dictionary definitions for battle ground

battlefield

/ˈbætəlˌfiːld/
noun
1.
the place where a battle is fought; an area of conflict
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Word Origin and History for battle ground

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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