battle royal

Definitions

  • "Watching a battle royal between the tops."
    "Watching a battle royal between the tops."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n battle royal a noisy riotous fight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Battle royal A fight between several gamecocks, where the one that stands longest is the victor.
    • Battle royal See under Battle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Battle royal a general mêlée—Half the battle, said of anything which ensures success
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bataillebattre, to beat. See Batter.

Usage

In literature:

Then, with Hinkey growing rapidly angrier and putting forth more strength, there was battle royal.
"Uncle Sam's Boys as Sergeants" by H. Irving Hancock
But forest' battles wus fight on Beaufort Island and Port Royale.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Joseph Brooks was the nominee of the Brindle wing of the party, and a battle royal was on.
"Shadow and Light" by Mifflin Wistar Gibbs
Paco Gomez was having a battle royal with Maria Josefa.
"The Grandee" by Armando Palacio Valdés
In 1266 the town was the scene of a battle between the royal forces and the barons, when Robert de Ferrers, earl of Derby, was taken prisoner.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1" by Various
Many a battle royal has been waged for the possession of a diamond, and several famous diamonds are known by name throughout the world.
"Threads of Grey and Gold" by Myrtle Reed
Everything is fair, once the battle royal has started and German wit is matched against American, or French.
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
His request was granted, and a battle royal was to mark the second half of the day.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
These were the "battle royal," in which a number of birds were "set," i.e.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 6" by Various
The usual field of battle was the garden of the Palais Royal.
"The Memoirs of Madame Vigée Lebrun" by Marie Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
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In poetry:

Where is the King, Don Juan? Where
Each royal prince and noble heir
Of Aragon ?
Where are the courtly gallantries?
The deeds of love and high emprise,
In battle done?
"Coplas De Manrique (From The Spanish)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Soon o'er the horizon rose the cloud of strife,
Two proud, strong nations battling for the prize,
Which swarming host should mould a nation's life,
Which royal banner float the western skies.
"Francis Parkman" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then there's the Duke of Wellington's statue in Royal Exchange Square —
It is a beautiful statue I without fear declare,
Besides inspiring and most magnificent to view,
Because he made the French fly at the battle of Waterloo.
"Glasgow" by William Topaz McGonagall
Each battle-flag shall float abroad and fling
A radiance round, as from a new-lit star;
Or light the air about, as when a King
Flashes in armor in his royal car;
And Fame's own vestibule I see inlaid
With their proud images, Mahone's Brigade.
"Mahone's Brigade" by James Barron Hope

In news:

The Rogers Royals and Park Center Pirates were battling to a 0-0 tie in their opener Thursday evening when the weather settled the issue in Brooklyn Park.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson declared his intention to battle for the WWE Title at the Royal Rumble.
PlayStation icons join in 'Battle Royale'.
Vote Now In Our Birthday Battle Royale.
The receiver position is quickly becoming a battle royal for the reigning AFC champion New England Patriots.
Christian won 20-Man Battle Royal.
16-Man Over-the-Top -Rope Battle Royal: photos.
PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale': Chan Park talks classics.
Remember when nearly every political pundit was frothing at the mouth to cover the inevitable Hillary Clinton vs Rudi Giuliani presidential battle royale.
Segolene Royal crashed out of France's parliamentary election on Sunday after a bitter battle with a left-wing rebel backed by the woman who replaced her as partner of Socialist President Francois Hollande.
1 Contender's Diva Battle Royal.
This week in games brings Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale, Hitman: Absolution.
This Will Kill You / Film ' Round about midnight: Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale.
Battle Of Port Royal Summary.
Then Nascar had a battle royal at Darlington during the Show time Southern 500.
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