duel

noun
du·​el | \ ˈdü-əl How to pronounce duel (audio) also ˈdyü- \

Definition of duel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a combat between two persons specifically : a formal combat with weapons fought between two persons in the presence of witnesses
2 : a conflict between antagonistic persons, ideas, or forces also : a hard-fought contest between two opponents

duel

verb
dueled or duelled; dueling or duelling

Definition of duel (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to fight a duel

transitive verb

: to encounter (an opponent) in a duel

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Other Words from duel

Verb

dueler or dueller noun
duelist or duellist \ ˈd(y)ü-​ə-​list How to pronounce duel (audio) \ noun

Examples of duel in a Sentence

Noun They engaged in a duel of wits. a duel for the title of captain of the team Verb He accepted the challenge to duel. Legislators dueled over the tax increases. The two runners dueled for the lead.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Cousins rebounded by striking out Austin Slater, then winning a nine-pitch duel with Thairo Estrada, who grounded out to short. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2021 So the idea of having like a lightsaber duel with a samurai Eddie on stage, oh yeah, bring it on! Derek Scancarelli, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Larson, of Hendrick Motorsports, extended his NASCAR Cup Series win streak to three in a row in this non-points event after a late-race duel with Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski. John Sturbin, Dallas News, 13 June 2021 Game 2 had featured a duel between Verlander (four hits in seven innings with, yes, another 11 strikeouts) and rookie Sonny Gray (four hits in eight innings with nine K’s). Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, 28 Sep. 2020 Castillo came up short in the pitcher’s duel, permitting five hits and three runs in 6 2/3 innings. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 15 Aug. 2021 Another free-agent duel of interest: Carmelo Anthony is weighing interest from both the Lakers and the Knicks, league sources say. oregonlive, 10 Aug. 2021 Bryant went 1-for-4 and struck out in his first at-bat, an eight-pitch duel with Luis Garcia, who’s particularly tough against right-handed batters. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Aug. 2021 The battle, overseen by Count Pierre d'Alençon (Affleck), is based on the actual events of France's last sanctioned duel based on the book by Eric Jager, The Last Duel: A True Story of Crime, Scandal and Trial by Combat in Medieval France. Alexia Fernández, PEOPLE.com, 20 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For the Times) Ueno could duel Osterman in another showdown Tuesday unless nature intervenes. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2021 Two horses who had successful runs at Del Mar before empty grandstands last year will duel today in the Eddie Read Stakes — one of two Grade II turf events on an 11-race program. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2021 Garcia had pitched 10 scoreless innings in a pitchers’ duel against the Pac-12 rival that had knocked the Bruins out of the World Series a year earlier. Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2021 Fast Nine competition, where Saturday’s crop of cars will duel to start on the inside of Row 1 come May 30. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, 21 May 2021 The two gigantic bikes duel for eight laps, with O'Hara finally edging his Indian ahead of Wyman, and Garcia holding on to third. Jonathan Hawkins, CNN, 11 May 2021 Those three are expected to duel for the starting job when preseason practices commence in August. oregonlive, 21 Apr. 2021 Luis Urías, Billy McKinney and Tyrone Taylor each hit solo home runs to provide the offense, and Brandon Woodruff pitched a gutsy six innings to out-duel a lights-out Joe Musgrove and the San Diego Padres, 3-1, at Petco Park on Monday night. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Apr. 2021 Kenta Maeda and Jose Berrios duel to be the staff ace and the team's pitching depth pays dividends. Star Tribune Sports, Star Tribune, 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of duel

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for duel

Noun

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

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“Duel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duel. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

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duel

noun

English Language Learners Definition of duel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

duel

verb

English Language Learners Definition of duel (Entry 2 of 2)

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

duel

noun
du·​el | \ ˈdü-əl How to pronounce duel (audio) , ˈdyü- \

Kids Definition of duel

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fight between two persons especially that is fought by agreement with weapons in front of other people
2 : a contest between two opponents The ball game turned into a pitching duel.

duel

verb
dueled or duelled; dueling or duelling

Kids Definition of duel (Entry 2 of 2)

: to take part in an agreed-upon fight with weapons

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