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

Before the army departed for King's Landing, the Hound got a head start, setting off towards the capital by his lonesome for one last duel with the Mountain. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Will the Cleganebowl Be Sparked by Arya Dying on 'Game of Thrones'?," 6 May 2019 Rottich and Kiplagat took turns in the lead after turning the into a two-man duel — third-place Allan Spangler of Juneau was more than seven minutes back in 2:33:18. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Racing in front of his wife and kids for the first time, Kiplagat beats his brother for his 4th Mayor’s Marathon title," 24 June 2018 Kate, who was then pregnant with Prince George, and Prince William even got into a wand duel and checked out Diagon Alley with Prince Harry. Dana Rose Falcone, PEOPLE.com, "The Surprising Harry Potter Connection to the Royal Baby's Name!," 27 Apr. 2018 The first meeting of seven-time All-Stars in a World Series opener was far from a pitcher’s duel. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Aces out: Sale, Kershaw chased early in Series opener," 23 Oct. 2018 For the extraordinary performance, the mother and son duo recreated her duel piano moment at the Grammys in February. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Alicia Keys' Son Flirting with Taylor Swift is the Cutest Part of the 2019 iHeartRadio Awards," 15 Mar. 2019 Goff passed for career highs of 465 yards and five touchdowns, winning a scintillating duel with his Minnesota counterpart and leading the unbeaten Los Angeles Rams to a 38-31 victory over the Vikings on Thursday night. Greg Beacham, Fox News, "Rams top Vikings, 38-31, as Goff throws for 465 yards, 5 TDs," 28 Sep. 2018 The Bonhomme Richard, commanded at the time by Captain John Paul Jones, was sunk during a duel with two Royal Navy warships during the Revolutionary War. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Shipwreck of One of America’s First Warships Was Just Found," 12 Dec. 2018 In Game 2 of the 2013 ALDS, Gray threw eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts in a pitcher’s duel with Justin Verlander. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "Nine Innings: Solving the Yankees' Sonny Gray Problem, AL East Deciding Factors and Our Favorite Statcast Quirks," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

O’Rourke and Trump have already gone toe-to-toe in dueling El Paso rallies, hosted on the same night in February. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke's Thirst-Trap Politics Won't Work on Me in the 2020 Democratic Primary," 9 Apr. 2019 The daughter of Camacho dueled on the front end in the Juvenile Turf Sprint on the Breeders’ Cup undercard last November before going to the bench for trainer Wesley Ward. Scott Shapiro, The Courier-Journal, "Twinspires.com's free expert pick for Friday's races at Churchill Downs," 10 May 2018 In the meantime, the partisanship played out in dueling press conferences. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "Blame game: Congress reconvenes but makes no apparent progress on ending shutdown," 20 Jan. 2018 Both of India’s two main political parties have offered a bevy of promises to win their support, including dueling pledges to guarantee that 33% of the seats in the lower house of Parliament and state assemblies go to women. ... Corinne Abrams, WSJ, "In India’s Election, Parties See Women’s Vote as Critical," 10 May 2019 Those dueling claims as well as the concerns about irregularities highlight continuing deep divisions in Thailand and indicate that Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy is no closer to escaping its long period of political instability. Kaweewit Kaewjinda, The Seattle Times, "Election observers call still-partial Thai vote count flawed," 26 Mar. 2019 O'Rourke announced his 2020 presidential campaign in March, after going toe-to-toe with Trump in dueling El Paso, Texas, rallies in February. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Beto O'Rourke Blasted Donald Trump's Rhetoric on Immigrants, Comparing It to Nazi Germany," 5 Apr. 2019 It’s hard to imagine anyone today dueling for a Big Mac as long as basketball stars Michael Jordan and Larry Bird did back in 1993. Vogue, "The 13 Most Iconic Super Bowl Ads of All Time," 31 Jan. 2019 William and Mary students rioted in 1802 after professors punished two fellow classmates for dueling. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "A masked shooter. A campus killing. And a manhunt 159 years before Columbine.," 20 Apr. 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 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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