Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
- a fight or bout involving several or many contestants; free-for-all
- a long, bitterly fought battle
- a heated dispute
Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
noun pl. battles royal battles royal
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
- An intense altercation.
- A battle involving many combatants.
- A fight to the finish.
Origin: battle + royal, grand in scale.