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[bat-l-feeld] /ˈbæt lˌfild/
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.
Also called battleground
[bat-l-ground] /ˈbæt lˌgraʊnd/ (Show IPA)
Origin of battlefield
1805-15; battle1 + field Unabridged
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  • Then as if by chance, one great dog-wolf is driven out upon the battleground.

    In the Brooding Wild Ridgwell Cullum
  • For a moment the chasm is a battleground of the elements, a fierce, titanic struggle.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • Between the limits thus marked out, there lies, so to speak, the battleground of modern zoology.

  • Every foot of the soil about the city in which I live is sacred as a battleground of the Republic.

    America First Various
  • While called the "Land of the Morning Calm," it has been the battleground of the eastern world for centuries.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
British Dictionary definitions for battleground


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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