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Battle royal

Definition of the noun battle royal

What does battle royal mean as a name of something?


  1. a noisy riotous fight
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of battle royal: melee / scrimmage
    • more generic word: disturbance = the act of disturbing something or someone

Alternative definition of the noun battle royal


  1. A fight involving three or more people, fought until one person (or sometimes team or faction) is left standing.
  2. A heated discussion.


  1. "Battle Royal" is a musical EP of Virus Syndicate.
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  2. "Battle Royal" is a composition.


"Battle royal" is a book by Frank O'Rourke.

  • subject: Popular literature


Battle royal traditionally refers to a fight involving three or more combatants that is fought until only one fighter remains standing. In recent times, the term has been used in a more general sense to refer to any fight involving large numbers of people that are not organized into factions. Within combat sports, the term has a specific meaning, depending on the sports being discussed.

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Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

battle royal a fierce contest or dispute. A metaphor ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the American Short Story (2015)

by Abby H. P. Werlock

Work Author: Ralph Ellison Ralph Ellison's "Battle Royal," also published as the first chapter of Invisible Man (1952), previews the major themes that arise in much 20thcentury AfricanAmerican fiction.The story uses firstperson narration, ...

Google previewBloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms (2009)

by Gordon Jarvie

battle royal hard-fought contest, often a free-for-all. The last election was a battle ...

Google previewChambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 1 of 4: A-D)

by Various

Battle royal, ageneral mêlée—Half the battle, said of anything which ensures success.—Line of battle, troops in array for battle; Lineofbattle ship, ...

Google previewMcGraw-Hill's Super-Mini American Idioms Dictionary, 2e (2007)

by Richard Spears

a battle royal Fig. a classic, hard-fought battle or argument.

Google previewDictionary of phrase and fable. [A dictionary of English literature] by W.D. Adams, with additions (1885)

by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

A certain number of cocks, say sixteen, are pitted together ; the eight victors are then pitted, then the four, and last of all the two; and the winner is victor of the battle royal. Metaphorically, the term is applied to chess, &c. Battle scenes. Le Clerc ...

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