duel

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noun

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

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verb

dueled or duelled; dueling or duelling

intransitive verb

: to fight a duel

transitive verb

: to encounter (an opponent) in a duel
dueler noun
or dueller
duelist noun
or duellist

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Freud would enjoy diamond tycoon Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens) fencing Bond, a scene that not one but two YouTube madwizards have turned into a lightsaber duel. Darren Franich, EW.com, 23 Nov. 2022 Far from a whitewash, the show also delves into Hamilton’s extramarital affair, family travails and — spoiler alert — death via duel. Rod Stafford Hagwood, Sun Sentinel, 23 Nov. 2022 Fans usually expect a passing duel when Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs face Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 20 Nov. 2022 The experimental duel-use ConvAirCar was designed by Theodore Hall. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Nov. 2022 The game focuses on a duel between two mechwarriors while also giving players a crash course in the movers and shakers of the setting. Rob Wieland, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Houston and Philadelphia had been engaged in a pitchers duel until the sixth inning, with the Phillies getting on the board first with a solo shot from left fielder Kyle Schwarber. Lindsey Adler, WSJ, 6 Nov. 2022 Challenge of the Mad Mage in an interactive 4-D theater attraction where guests are challenged to a blaster duel. Amanda Pérez Pintado, USA TODAY, 13 Oct. 2022 The ending overshadowed what was pretty decent duel between Kershaw and the Padres’ Yu Darvish, a battle between two guys with plenty of Chavez Ravine playoff ghosts. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2022
Verb
This means that many tenants who can’t afford a lawyer are battling potential eviction by taking it upon themselves to duel with polished attorneys representing landlords. Danny Mcdonald, BostonGlobe.com, 12 Nov. 2022 The Astros were able to overcome Altuve's struggles and win Saturday's pitchers duel to secure the ALDS sweep. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 16 Oct. 2022 More:Hunter Greene nears record velocity, but drops duel to Pablo López in Reds loss to Marlins Castillo, in his first playoff start, yielded six hits and one run across 5 1/3 innings while striking out seven. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 31 July 2022 Last year, Matt Tingley had to duel for the lead over many of the 26.2 marathon miles before winning the Disabilities Division on his handcycle. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 17 Oct. 2022 An offshoot of this is that the pupils will duel in said mobile suits. Ollie Barder, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Foley and Hanstad will square off at 7 a.m. in the upper half of the bracket and McClean and Persons will duel beginning at 7:15 a.m. in the lower half. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 15 Sep. 2022 The talented quarterbacks duel Thursday at Arrowhead Stadium. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 15 Sep. 2022 In the decade that followed, partisans within both groups would duel over strategy, tactics and even basic beliefs, but rarely, if ever, looked to Zawahiri for guidance or resolution of their disputes. Joby Warrick, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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

Dictionary Entries Near duel

Cite this Entry

“Duel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duel. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

duel 1 of 2

noun

du·​el ˈd(y)ü-əl How to pronounce duel (audio)
1
: a combat between two persons
especially : one fought with weapons in the presence of witnesses
2
: a conflict between two opponents

duel

2 of 2

verb

dueled or duelled; dueling or duelling
: to fight in a duel
dueler noun
or dueller
duelist noun
or duellist

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