battle royal

A fierce contest.
From cockfighting, where birds were often engaged in fights to the death.

Meaning and origin of phrases. 2013.

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  • Battle royal — (plural battles royal) traditionally refers to a fight involving three or more combatants which 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… …   Wikipedia

  • Battle royal — Royal Roy al, a. [OE. roial, riall, real, OF. roial. reial, F. royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex, regis, king. See {Rich}, and cf. {regal}, {real} a coin, {Rial}.] 1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Battle royal — Battle Bat tle, n. [OE. bataille, bataile, F. bataille battle, OF., battle, battalion, fr. L. battalia, battualia, the fighting and fencing exercises of soldiers and gladiators, fr. batuere to strike, beat. Cf. {Battalia}, 1st {Battel}, and see… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Battle Royal — (englisch: Königliche Schlacht) steht für: einen Kampf an dem 3 oder mehr Kämpfer teilnehmen. Es wird dabei solange gekämpft bis nur noch ein Teilnehmer übrig ist. eine Form des Wrestling, siehe Wrestling Matcharten, Abschnitt: Battle Royal ein… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Battle Royal — Battle Royale Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Battle royale est : le titre d’un roman japonais, Battle Royale le titre du film japonais adapté de ce roman, Battle Royale, et de sa… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • battle royal — n. pl. battles royal 1. a fight or bout involving several or many contestants; free for all 2. a long, bitterly fought battle 3. a heated dispute …   English World dictionary

  • battle royal — noun a noisy riotous fight • Syn: ↑melee, ↑scrimmage • Hypernyms: ↑disturbance * * * noun (plural battles royal or battle royals) 1 …   Useful english dictionary

  • battle royal — pl. battles royal. 1. a fight in which more than two combatants are engaged. 2. a heated argument: After a while the discussion turned into a battle royal. [1665 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • battle royal — noun (plural battles royal or battle royals) Date: 1671 1. a. a fight participated in by more than two combatants; especially one in which the last man in the ring or on his feet is declared the winner b. a violent struggle 2. a heated dispute …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • battle royal — Synonyms and related words: action, aerial combat, affray, armored combat, battle, brush, bullfight, clash, clash of arms, cockfight, combat, conflict, dogfight, embroilment, exchange of blows, fight, fire fight, fray, ground combat, hand to hand …   Moby Thesaurus

  • battle royal — huge battle; fight with many warriors; battle to the death …   English contemporary dictionary

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