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duel

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noun du·el \ˈdü-əl also ˈdyü-\

Simple Definition of duel

  • : a fight between two people that includes the use of weapons (such as guns or swords) and that usually happens while other people watch

  • : a situation in which two people or groups argue or compete with each other

Full Definition of duel

  1. 1 :  a combat between two persons; specifically :  a formal combat with weapons fought between two persons in the presence of witnesses

  2. 2 :  a conflict between antagonistic persons, ideas, or forces; also :  a hard-fought contest between two opponents

Examples of duel

  1. They engaged in a duel of wits.

  2. <a duel for the title of captain of the team>



Origin of duel

Middle English, from Medieval Latin duellum, from Old Latin, war


First Known Use: 15th century


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duel

verb du·el

Simple Definition of duel

  • : to fight with someone using weapons (such as guns or swords) while other people watch

  • : to compete or argue with someone

Full Definition of duel

du·eled or du·elleddu·el·ing or du·el·ling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to fight a duel

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to encounter (an opponent) in a duel

du·el·er or du·el·ler noun
du·el·ist or du·el·list play \ˈdü-ə-list\ noun

Examples of duel

  1. He accepted the challenge to duel.

  2. Legislators dueled over the tax increases.

  3. The two runners dueled for the lead.



Circa 1645

First Known Use of duel

circa 1645

Rhymes with duel



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