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 for Battle royal
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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; regal; as, royal power or
        prerogative; royal domains; the royal family; royal state.
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     2. Noble; generous; magnificent; princely.
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              How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio? --Shak.
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     3. Under the patronage of royality; holding a charter granted
        by the sovereign; as, the Royal Academy of Arts; the Royal
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     Battle royal. See under Battle.
     Royal+bay+(Bot.),+the+classic+laurel+({Laurus+nobilis">Royal bay (Bot.), the classic laurel ({Laurus nobilis.)
     Royal eagle. (Zool.) See Golden eagle, under Golden.
     Royal fern (Bot.), the handsome fern Osmunda regalis. See
     Royal mast (Naut.), the mast next above the topgallant mast
        and usually the highest on a square-rigged vessel. The
        royal yard and royal sail are attached to the royal mast.
     Royal metal, an old name for gold.
     Royal palm (Bot.), a magnificent West Indian palm tree
        ({Oreodoxa regia), lately discovered also in Florida.
     Royal pheasant. See Curassow.
     Royal purple, an intense violet color, verging toward blue.
     Royal tern (Zool.), a large, crested American tern ({Sterna
     Royal tiger. (Zool.) See Tiger.
     Royal touch, the touching of a diseased person by the hand
        of a king, with the view of restoring to health; --
        formerly extensively practiced, particularly for the
        scrofula, or king's evil.
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     Syn: Kingly; regal; monarchical; imperial; kinglike;
          princely; august; majestic; superb; splendid;
          illustrious; noble; magnanimous.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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 Batter, v. t. ]
     1. A general action, fight, or encounter, in which all the
        divisions of an army are or may be engaged; an engagement;
        a combat.
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     2. A struggle; a contest; as, the battle of life.
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              The whole intellectual battle that had at its center
              the best poem of the best poet of that day. --H.
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     3. A division of an army; a battalion. [Obs.]
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              The king divided his army into three battles.
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              The cavalry, by way of distinction, was called the
              battle, and on it alone depended the fate of every
              action.                               --Robertson.
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     4. The main body, as distinct from the van and rear;
        battalia. [Obs.] --Hayward.
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     Note: Battle is used adjectively or as the first part of a
           self-explaining compound; as, battle brand, a "brand"
           or sword used in battle; battle cry; battlefield;
           battle ground; battle array; battle song.
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     Battle piece, a painting, or a musical composition,
        representing a battle.
     Battle royal.
        (a) A fight between several gamecocks, where the one that
            stands longest is the victor. --Grose.
        (b) A contest with fists or cudgels in which more than two
            are engaged; a m[^e]l['e]e. --Thackeray.
     Drawn battle, one in which neither party gains the victory.
     To give battle, to attack an enemy.
     To join battle, to meet the attack; to engage in battle.
     Pitched battle, one in which the armies are previously
        drawn up in form, with a regular disposition of the
     Wager of battle. See under Wager, n.
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     Syn: Conflict; encounter; contest; action.
     Usage: Battle, Combat, Fight, Engagement. These words
            agree in denoting a close encounter between contending
            parties. Fight is a word of less dignity than the
            others. Except in poetry, it is more naturally applied
            to the encounter of a few individuals, and more
            commonly an accidental one; as, a street fight. A
            combat is a close encounter, whether between few or
            many, and is usually premeditated. A battle is
            commonly more general and prolonged. An engagement
            supposes large numbers on each side, engaged or
            intermingled in the conflict.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  battle royal
      n 1: a noisy riotous fight [syn: melee, scrimmage, battle

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  39 Moby Thesaurus words for "battle royal":
     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 combat, hand-to-hand fight,
     house-to-house combat, naval combat, passage of arms,
     pitched battle, quarrel, rumble, running fight, scramble,
     scrimmage, scuffle, shoving match, skirmish, stand-up fight,
     street fight, struggle, tauromachy, tug-of-war, tussle

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