du·​al | \ ˈdü(-ə)l How to pronounce dual (audio) also ˈdyü-əl \

Definition of dual

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 of grammatical number : denoting reference to two a dual pronoun
2a : consisting of two parts or elements or having two like parts : double families with dual incomes held dual citizenship in France and the U.S. a dual function a dual exhaust system
b : having a double character or nature



Definition of dual (Entry 2 of 2)

1 linguistics : the dual (see dual entry 1 sense 1) number of a language
2 linguistics : a linguistic form in the dual

Synonyms & Antonyms for dual

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of dual in a Sentence

Adjective the dual purpose of the study She pursued dual careers in music and acting.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Emad Sharghi, an American-Iranian dual citizen based in Washington, is one of at least four Americans wrongfully detained in Iran currently. ABC News, 28 July 2022 The latter paved the way for his brother Basil, a dual citizen of Sri Lanka and the United States, to take over as finance minister. Hafeel Farisz, Washington Post, 13 July 2022 Focus Brands currently has 100+ dual-brand sites open across the country. Gary Occhiogrosso, Forbes, 11 July 2022 Toledo, a great-grandfather and dual Mexican-American citizen, spent most of his life in Morelos, Mexico, and moved to Highland Park a few months ago to be with family, his granddaughter, Xochil Toledo, told the Chicago Sun-Times. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 8 July 2022 Toldedo-Zaragoza is a great-grandfather and dual Mexican-American citizen and leaves behind eight children. Amethyst Tate, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2022 The killing of Damond, who was a dual U.S.-Australian citizen, sparked outrage in the U.S. and Australia. Essence, 27 June 2022 He was freed 18 days shy of the fifth anniversary of the July 15, 2017, fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a 40-year-old dual U.S.-Australian citizen and yoga teacher who was engaged to be married. Fox News, 27 June 2022 Mario Antonio Palacios, a 43-year-old Colombian national, and Rodolphe Jaar, a 49-year-old dual Haitian-Chilean citizen, were both arrested in January. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, 10 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Cougars will be at St. Ignatius this Saturday for a dual with the Wildcats. Jonathan X. Simmons, cleveland, 8 Feb. 2022 Reservoir only got stronger as the match progressed, employing the same aggressive mentality that brought them success earlier in the dual. Jacob Steinberg, baltimoresun.com, 9 Feb. 2022 Edison took an early 18-0 lead over Southeast with three straight pins to start the dual. cleveland, 13 Feb. 2022 Kopech was in a dual with Rays pitcher Corey Kluber. Lamond Pope, chicagotribune.com, 17 Apr. 2022 Lambda also said the Tensorbook supports Windows dual-boot. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 13 Apr. 2022 Solon took a 46-22 loss in a dual at Aurora over the weekend. Jonathan X. Simmons, cleveland, 8 Feb. 2022 Feeding off their teammate’s energy, the Gladiators won the next four bouts in odd fashion in a win-or-go-home dual. Jacob Steinberg, baltimoresun.com, 7 Feb. 2022 The Gladiators needed a spark to get back into the dual. Jacob Steinberg, baltimoresun.com, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dual


1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dual

Adjective and Noun

Latin dualis, from duo two — more at two

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“Dual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dual. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for dual


du·​al | \ ˈdü-əl How to pronounce dual (audio) , ˈdyü- \

Kids Definition of dual

1 : having two different parts or aspects Trees have a dual function of providing beauty and shade.
2 : having two like parts The car has dual airbags.

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