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duel

noun du·el \ ˈdü-əl also ˈdyü- \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of duel

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

Examples of duel in a Sentence

  1. They engaged in a duel of wits.

  2. a duel for the title of captain of the team

Recent Examples of duel from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of duel

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


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duel

verb

Definition of duel

dueled or duelled; dueling or duelling
: to fight a duel
: to encounter (an opponent) in a duel

dueler

or dueller noun

duelist

or duellist play \ˈdü-ə-list\ noun

Examples of duel in a Sentence

  1. He accepted the challenge to duel.

  2. Legislators dueled over the tax increases.

  3. The two runners dueled for the lead.

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First Known Use of duel

circa 1645

in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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DUEL Defined for English Language Learners

duel

Definition of duel for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of duel for English Language Learners

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

  • : to compete or argue with someone


DUEL Defined for Kids

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duel

noun du·el \ ˈdü-əl , ˈdyü- \

Definition of duel for Students

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.

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duel

verb

Definition of duel for Students

dueled or duelled; dueling or duelling
: to take part in an agreed-upon fight with weapons


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