On this Wednesday's Survivor, Jeff Probst called one of the challenges as a "four way duel."

Now, obviously, this is wrong because a duel is between two opponents, but is there a term referring to a fight between four opponents?

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    Uno, duo, tre, quattro. Could it be a quarrel? Or a quattrel? May 7 '11 at 2:59

It would probably be best to say "a four-way contest".


Why, it's a squirmish of course!

  • You should really post the proper word as well: "Scaramouche". No, that doesn't sound right. (it's "Skirmish")
    – Phoenix
    May 6 '11 at 13:49
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    Etymologically, I think I'd further transmogrify that to "squarmish". Then "squintmish" for five, "shexmish" for six...
    – PSU
    May 6 '11 at 13:51

In French and Italian they say quadrangular but that did not catch up in English I believe.

Although you have a number of hits for quadrangular fight, a possible reference to wrestling or other "ring" combat sports.


Or a "four-way battle". Or simply just "battle" would do..


To quote wikipedia:

Battle royal (plural battles royal) traditionally refers to a fight involving three or more combatants that is fought until only one fighter remains standing.


"Battle Royale" is a Japanese novel that has had many adaptations.

  • Well, you may not actually have answered the question, but that's certainly an interesting path you've taken me half-way down. If we allow that imperial is higher up the pecking order than royal, perhaps we could coin the neologism Battle imperial. May 6 '11 at 23:44

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