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

  • n. A field for games such as football and soccer.
  • n. The conditions or circumstances in which competition takes place: a level playing field for all candidates.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A field on which a game, esp. a ball game, is played.
  • n. Any place or context within which competitive activity takes place, such as market competition between companies.

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

  • n. the circumstances under which competition occurs
  • n. a piece of land prepared for playing a game


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