duel

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

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 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

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 The pistols used in the 1804 duel with Aaron Burr that ended Hamilton’s life at the age of 49 are displayed until June 24. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Dueling pistols that ended Alexander Hamilton's life on display in Washington, D.C.," 6 June 2018 Photo: Mary Evans Picture Library/Everett Collection Take-Two was ready for a duel. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Pinkerton Detectives Still Exist, and They’re Tired of Being the Bad Guys," 21 Jan. 2019 Take your number one to an old-school game center and duel to win each other a V-Day gift. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "14 Cheap Valentine's Day Date Ideas That Are Actually Fun," 19 Nov. 2018 Like a duel, whichever film scores the most points wins. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "'Outlaw King' vs. 'Braveheart': Which Movie Gets Scotland Right?," 13 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The two dueling operating systems have more or less converged into bland, uniform competence, and the age of the hip-and-exclusive iOS-only app are all but over. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Google Is Bringing Android's Best Feature to the iPhone," 14 Feb. 2019 In #Riverdale 313, Archie steps back into the ring, Alice goes deeper with the Farm, Jughead visits the Heart of Darkness, and Veronica juggles dueling villains... Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Did Archie Really Die On "Riverdale"'s Mid-Season Premiere?," 17 Jan. 2019 Plenty of designers and brands tapping into those dueling desires. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "This Shapeshifting Clock Changes Design As It Approaches Noon," 9 Jan. 2019 Cook of Flower Mound dueled with Bernard Too for 26 miles before sprinting past the Kenyan native to claim the 26.2-mile marathon title in 2 hours, 29 minutes, 51 seconds. John Henry, star-telegram, "Clear skies, full hearts, The Cowtown couldn't lose on Sunday | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 25 Feb. 2018 A day earlier, backers from both sides hosted dueling rallies in the Boston area. Collin Binkley, The Seattle Times, "Harvard: Race can only help, never harm, applicants’ chances," 15 Oct. 2018 That video sparked strong feelings and dueling narratives from both sides of the conflict. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "How Ahed Tamimi, a 17-year-old Palestinian activist, became an international icon," 3 Aug. 2018 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

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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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