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

Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa stood in wait, a pristine chance to seize advantage of this duel within their bats. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Gerrit Cole, Astros overpower Red Sox," 1 June 2018 The North's duel moves Wednesday can be seen as an attempt by Kim to fortify his position. Eric Talmadge, Fox News, "Analysis: Ahead of summit, Pyongyang lobs barbs at Bolton," 17 May 2018 So what will happen on this latest cross-country duel? Dan Walters, San Francisco Chronicle, "California again goes to war with Trump," 3 May 2018 This rare duel pitting two of the majors’ true aces should be a treat for anybody who yearns for the days when starters determined a game’s outcome and left little for the bullpen to decide. Jorge L. Ortiz, USA TODAY, "Clayton Kershaw vs. Max Scherzer: Showdown in L.A. highlights a dying breed of ace," 20 Apr. 2018 But recent attempts to put together one-on-one duels between star golfers on network television have failed to secure sufficient funding from sponsors. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson Matchup Marred by Streaming Glitch," 23 Nov. 2018 Winner: Outlaw King, despite a contrived battlefield duel between Bruce and the Prince of Wales. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018 Stoke's best option was to lump the ball up to Crouch and, from one aerial duel between the striker and Pickford, Glen Johnson fired goalwards only to see the latter hold his shot. SI.com, "WATCH: Tosun Double Sinks 10-Man Stoke City in Rough Weather Conditions," 17 Mar. 2018 In the opening round of the district tournament, Deerfield prevailed 1-0 in extra innings in a pitcher's duel to knock Fort Lauderdale into the elimination bracket. Emmett Hall, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deerfield Beach Little League Junior Division All-Stars ready for trip to Florida's capital," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And that means Wisconsin Democrats and Republicans, who are already dueling over gubernatorial and Senate races, have yet another competitive election battle in November. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "The messy race to replace Paul Ryan," 19 Apr. 2018 Or consider the president’s relentless dueling with journalists. Joseph Epstein, WSJ, "If Trump Were a Poet, He’d Be Rudyard Kipling," 26 Dec. 2018 In 2010, in the midst of the never-ending Second Browser War, Firefox and Internet Explorer were dueling for dominance. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Chrome Is Poised to Swallow the Whole Internet," 4 Dec. 2018 Valve Software's first brand-new video game since 2013, the digital card-dueling game Artifact, finally has a release date: November 28. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Valve’s first new game in 5 years, Artifact, coming in November, starting at $20," 1 Aug. 2018 Those dueling interpretations of Mr. Skelos’s testimony and his relationship to his son marked the entire closing arguments in the retrial of both Skeloses for extortion, bribery and conspiracy. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Skelos Trial Tests the Boundaries of Fatherly Love and Criminal Law," 11 July 2018 Nvidia’s dueling GeForce Now services just got a whole less complicated—and a whole lot more appealing for Shield TV owners. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia Shield TV levels up to full-featured PC gaming with free GeForce Now beta," 11 July 2018 On Monday, Campbell and Third Point announced a settlement to end the fight after several months of dueling over the direction of the company and its board. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "Campbell Zeroes In on Ex-Pinnacle Foods Chief Mark Clouse for CEO Job," 27 Nov. 2018 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

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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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