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 duellist (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 After performing several covers of Foo Fighters' hits on her YouTube channel, the petite percussionist from Ipswich, UK, challenged Grohl to a drumming duel in August. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Dave Grohl wrote a song for a 10-year-old drumming phenom after she challenged him to a musical duel," 15 Sep. 2020 The tragedy, of course, is that like Roth’s duel, this situation has no winners. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "The Great British Humbling," 15 Sep. 2020 In addition, teams that place No. 7 through 10 in the Eastern Conference duel for two Round 1 berths with a pair of play-in games. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers add regular season games against Seattle, Vancouver and San Jose to complete September schedule," 11 Sep. 2020 What the researchers pieced together is that this seemingly harmonious partnership evolved through a duel at the cellular and genetic levels, one that left the ant eggs largely unviable on their own. Quanta Magazine, "How Two Became One: Origins of a Mysterious Symbiosis Found," 9 Sep. 2020 The Jamal Murray-Donovan Mitchell duel will be settled in the first Game 7 in the bubble. Brian Mahoney, Star Tribune, "Murray outduels Mitchell, sets up first Game 7 in the bubble," 30 Aug. 2020 Californians are facing duel crises now, as wildfires, still raging largely out of control across a large swath of the state, force tens of thousands of people from their homes during a similarly uncontrolled pandemic. Washington Post, "California wildfires send evacuees scrambling toward another threat: covid-19," 21 Aug. 2020 After more than a month of training camp, including 3½ weeks of practices at Halas Hall, Trubisky hadn’t obviously distanced himself from Nick Foles in the quarterback duel. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "Bears name Mitch Trubisky the starting quarterback for Week 1 ahead of Nick Foles," 4 Sep. 2020 In 1859, after taking office as Chief Justice, Terry shot Senator Broderick dead in a duel outside San Francisco. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "California’s First Experiment without Police," 27 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Gettysburg, the Lincoln Memorial, Colonial Williamsburg, the Washington Monument and the site of the Alexander Hamilton-Aaron Burr duel all served as backdrops for her teaching lessons to kick off the school year. Shacamree Gowdy, Houston Chronicle, "Austin history teacher takes distance learning to a new level with epic education-filled road trip," 11 Sep. 2020 That is when two of Arizona's all-time greatest high school quarterbacks -- Iowa State's Brock Purdy (Gilbert Perry) and Rattler -- duel it out in Ames, Iowa, in a Big 12 matchup that Heisman voters will closely watch. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Spencer Rattler ready to roll as next Oklahoma Sooners football starting quarterback," 1 Sep. 2020 If he was treated as the starter in the upcoming season and faltered, Stalock and Kahkonen would get a chance to duel for the No. 1 job before Guerin was required to make a major move at the position. Star Tribune, "This adds up for Wild: Trade Zach Parise, keep Devan Dubnyk," 13 Aug. 2020 Phoenix and San Diego will likely duel for pool supremacy next Saturday at Casino Arizona Field, when the two are scheduled to take on each other for the first time in their history with Loyal SC being an expansion franchise. Briar Napier, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Rising take lead atop Group B after win over New Mexico," 9 Aug. 2020 Momentum heading into 2020 Last year's Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart saw Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch duel in overtime with the senior Busch capturing the win. Jason Hoffman, The Enquirer, "Quaker State 400 preview: Can Denny Hamlin or Kevin Harvick win at Kentucky Speedway?," 9 July 2020 Alexander did give Philip Hamilton pistols to duel with, but there's more to the story. Andrea Wurzburger, PEOPLE.com, "10 Historical Easter Eggs from Hamilton You Might Have Missed," 8 July 2020 Last year's Quaker State 400 saw Kurt Busch and Kyle Busch duel in overtime with the senior Busch capturing the win. Jason Hoffman, USA TODAY, "Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin seek first win at Kentucky in duel for NASCAR season supremacy," 5 July 2020 Plenty of backstory exists between the rivalries Mickelson and Woods shared on the course and the battles Brady and Manning dueled out on the football field. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "As Tom Brady, Peyton Manning play in 'The Match,' which other pro athletes are elite golfers?," 24 May 2020

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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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Time Traveler for duel

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The first known use of duel was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

19 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Duel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duel. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for duel

duel

noun
How to pronounce duel (audio)

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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