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

In a very strange tweet Wednesday night, the Texas Senator issued a formal challenge to Jimmy Kimmel...essentially challenging him to a duel disguised as a game of one-on-one. Demetrio Teniente, Houston Chronicle, "Ted Cruz challenges Jimmy Kimmel to a game of one-on-one," 30 May 2018 The last one was a 2006 duel between Greg Maddux and Roger Clemens, both near the twilight of their careers. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Clayton Kershaw outlasts Max Scherzer, but Nationals still beat Dodgers 5-2," 21 Apr. 2018 If there was a King-Martin duel then, the outcome isn't known. John Sharp, AL.com, "Alabama's GOP attorney general's race 'most competitive,' experts say," 12 Feb. 2018 Hamilton managed to fight his way back to finish second after a Ferrari-Mercedes duel developed with Valtteri Bottas leading until Vettel hit the front again with five laps to go. Ciaran Fahey, chicagotribune.com, "Sebastian Vettel wins British Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton recovers to finish second," 8 July 2018 This was indeed a full-blown baseline duel, brimming with slugfest exchanges. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Simona Halep Breaks Through in French Open, Winning Her First Major Title," 9 June 2018 In a second consecutive pitcher’s duel between the teams, the Brewers prevailed on the strength of three bases-empty homers, struck by long-overdue Travis Shaw, newcomer Brad Miller and Orf, playing in his third big-league game. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 3, Twins 2: Three-game sweep finally allows Brewers to climb 16 games over .500," 4 July 2018 For weeks, media and fans described the matchup as a one-on-one duel between the Crimson Tide’s Collin Sexton and the Sooners’ Trae Young, the two most highly touted American point guard prospects for the 2018 NBA Draft. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Collin Sexton, Alabama’s ‘Young Bull,’ could tempt Magic at No. 6," 16 June 2018 The world awaits a duel between Anfield’s current and former kings. Jonathan Tannenwald, Philly.com, "World Cup schedule for June 15: Salah vs. Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo vs. Spain," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There's country music at Bourbon Jack's and rock and dueling pianos at Murphy's Law. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "'Let's go downtown': How Chandler's restaurant, bar scene helped transform city," 26 June 2018 He was out dueled in the 1600 by one of the top milers in the state, William McCoy from the San Diego Waves Running Club, but placed second with a time of 5:04.92. Dan Brown, Ramona Sentinel, "Olive Peirce track and field completes season at Cinco de Mayo Invitational," 10 May 2018 In two separate rulings, San Diego Superior Court judges Wednesday gave the OK for dueling stadium initiatives to appear on the November ballot. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Dueling stadium initiatives can go on November ballot, judges say," 11 July 2018 Players duel based on a mathematical system of attack and defense points. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Cuyahoga County Public Library Parma Branch attracting teens with Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game Day," 19 Mar. 2018 The filing comes as Kesha and Dr. Luke — whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald — prepare for trial in their dueling lawsuits. Fox News, "Kesha accused Dr. Luke of raping Katy Perry but his attorneys say it's not true," 13 June 2018 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

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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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