Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An intense altercation.
  • n. A battle involving many combatants.
  • n. A fight to the finish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See under Battle.
  • n. A contest with fists or cudgels in which more than two are engaged; a mêlée.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a noisy riotous fight

Etymologies

battle + royal, grand in scale.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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