duel

noun
du·el | \ ˈdü-əl 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 \ˈdü-ə-list \ 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

Look for leading rider Brian Hernandez Jr. to sit off a potential duel on the front end and get this daughter of Majestic Warrior back to the winner's circle for trainer Allen Milligan. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "Twinspires.com's expert pick for Sunday's races at Churchill Downs," 23 June 2018 In his wrestling heyday in the 1990s and early 2000s, Vader was a WCW champion and had famous duels with the Undertaker and Kane in the WWE. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Former professional wrestling star Vader dead at 63," 20 June 2018 Check out three things to watch during the matchup: Pair of aces Pitching duels do not get much higher profile or higher stakes than Saturday’s between UF’s Brady Singer and Auburn’s Casey Mize. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Pitching duel between Gators' Brady Singer, Auburn's Casey Mize among top Super Regional storylines to watch," 8 June 2018 In the Preakness, Justify survived a long duel with Good Magic and late runs by Bravazo and Tenfold. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Justify Attempts to Earn Triple Crown at Belmont With Less Narrative, Faded Anticipation," 7 June 2018 Given the seasons Mize and Singer have had to date, fans should expect a similar pitching duel in Gainesville. Tom Green, AL.com, "Auburn's Casey Mize, Florida's Brady Singer set for highly anticipated pitching matchup," 26 Apr. 2018 Elliott and Blaney will be in the second row after winning the qualifying duels Thursday. Peter Kerasotis, New York Times, "Nascar Waits for Leader of Its Next Generation to Emerge," 17 Feb. 2018 The England-Croatia duel Wednesday drew 26.6 million viewers in England, alone. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Enjoy a little World Cup fever Fox Valley-style with soccer fans from around the globe," 12 July 2018 The last duel was held in 1793 by none other than the Wilson brothers in the middle of a hurricane, which is yet another piece of that aforementioned chaos puzzle. refinery29.com, "What Is The "Divine Pairing" In Cloak & Dagger?," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the late 18th century, there was no one more associated with flintlock dueling pistols than Robert Wogdon. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Duels, Blood, And Politics: The Little-Known History of the Gun That Killed Alexander Hamilton," 6 June 2018 The Georgia gubernatorial race will be among the first tests of these dueling schools of thought, with the winning strategy likely to be adopted by Democrats in other states. Amelia Harnish, refinery29.com, "May The Best Stacey Win: Why The Georgia Primary Is So Important," 22 May 2018 Mimi Bradley, Arrowhead The pitcher on the other side of the field that has out-dueled Anderson in their teams’ two meetings? Mimi Bradley. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Softball playoffs preview: Arrowhead leads a pitching-packed sectional," 21 May 2018 More: After out-dueling Truex Jr., is there any stopping Kevin Harvick? Randy Covitz, USA TODAY, "Kevin Harvick on record single-season victory pace: Winning is 'addicting'," 13 May 2018 The dueling efforts pit Police Chief Bill Scott, who has been overseeing a slate of reforms since taking command in January 2017, against the department rank-and-file and Mayor Mark Farrell, a longtime union ally. Evan Sernoffsky, San Francisco Chronicle, "Long fight over San Francisco cops carrying Tasers heats up again," 13 Mar. 2018 Women's singles ice skating (Starts at 8 p.m.) Russia's Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva are expected to duel for the gold medal after putting together perfect skates to earn silver in the team event. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Tuesday Olympic Daily Digest: Could the U.S. Men's Hockey Team Medal?," 20 Feb. 2018 Daguerreotype photos, dueling pistols and rare marine species—including, coincidentally, gold coral—were discovered in the wreck. Karla Zabludovsky, Newsweek, "Sunken Ship Laden With Gold Lures Treasure Hunters – Again," 19 Mar. 2014 Reporters and editors used to fight — even duel — among themselves. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "Angry mobs, deadly duels, presses set on fire: A history of attacks on the press," 29 June 2018

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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

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 , 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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