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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Jesse Winker led off with an opposite-field homer to left, Joey Votto drew a walk and Eugenio Suárez sent a 2-2 changeup out to left for a two-run shot, winning a nine-pitch duel with Houser. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Reds 6: Christian Yelich becomes first player in club history with 30 HRs before break," 1 July 2019 At the time of his death, Hosack was famous in the United States and Europe — in part for his civic work and in part for his role as attending physician at the 1804 duel of his friends Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Time Staff, Time, "15 Unsung Moments From American History That Historians Say You Should Know About," 28 June 2019 Clive Owen, as usual, pockets every scene, though even he is caught in a losing duel with the dialogue. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Yesterday” Wants to Hold Your Hand," 28 June 2019 There's also an endless variety of runestones, used to participate in Raid Battle-style duels with powerful wizards (these introduce a simple and slightly more engaging point-at-the-target minigame to the usual trace-the-line spell-casting). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Wizards Unite is a bloated, slow, Harry Potter-ified Pokémon Go," 21 June 2019 More than once there were fans who seemed to take delight in a duel of who actually loved Serena more in their shouts of affection. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Serena Williams partners with sister, Venus, in return to tennis at Fed Cup," 11 Feb. 2018 These two sides have only met twice before, with their initial duel kicking off in 1972. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Iran vs Portugal - Recent Form, Prediction, Team News & More," 24 June 2018 The Crimson’s third varsity came from behind to beat Yale’s Sprint champions by nearly three seconds in their two-mile duel. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, "Yale crew tops Harvard for third straight time," 10 June 2018 No two drivers ever have fought for an Indianapolis 500 lead for the lead as long as Roger Ward and Jim Rathmann in this longer, stronger sequel to their 1959 duel, won by Ward. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Here are the six best Indy 500s ever — by generation," 25 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Players can duel their AI counterpart or battle others. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Samurai Shodown’ a solid revamp for cult fighting game series," 28 June 2019 His parents, siblings and other relatives have dueled with various forms of the disease over the decades. Terry Pluto, cleveland.com, "John Carroll’s Chris Wenzler and Baldwin Wallace’s Kevin Ruple: A story of small-college sports, big hearts and cancer — Terry Pluto," 16 June 2019 The two versions are in the form of what amount to dueling resolutions from Councilman Jermaine Reed and Mayor Pro Tem Scott Wagner. Bill Turque, kansascity, "KC Council hears 'dueling resolutions' on fate of jazz museum | The Kansas City Star," 19 Apr. 2018 Breed and four members of the board introduced dueling November ballot measures this week that will chart the future of the city’s affordable-housing policies. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Can mayor and SF supervisors make nice to build more affordable housing?," 21 June 2019 Rick Bell, an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, was impressed by the show’s grasp of historical detail from the etiquette of dueling rituals to a cannon-stealing raid that occurred during the Revolutionary War. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Here comes 'Hamilton': What you need know about the musical coming to Baltimore that took over the world," 21 June 2019 While Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden dueled for MVP honors, Leonard managed his season—playing just 60 games—to save his legs. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "What the Gift of Kawhi Has Given the Raptors," 13 June 2019 Though the race for the Democratic nomination is early and fluid, the dueling visits to Iowa offer a glimpse into what a Trump-Biden matchup might portend. Time, "President Trump and Joe Biden Will Overlap in Iowa After Months of Jabbing Each Other," 11 June 2019 The drama debuted with billionaire hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) dueling Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), the ruthless U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Theo Epstein, Scottie Pippen and Chuck Wepner: No TV show has better sports analogies than Showtime’s 'Billions'," 7 June 2019

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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 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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