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 The first three innings were a scoreless duel between starting pitchers Justin Fall, making his ASU debut, and Jimmy Kingsbury. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "No. 3 ASU baseball opens with win over Villanova," 14 Feb. 2020 In a new video clip posted on the Party Pieces Instagram account, Carole could be seen engaging in a lightsaber duel with a colleague. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Carole Middleton Proves She's a Cool Grandmother, and Can Handle a Lightsaber," 21 Dec. 2019 Oubre put up numbers, but Booker was the difference in a duel with his Kentucky teammate, Towns. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Devin Booker nearly nets first triple-double powering Phoenix Suns past Minnesota Timberwolves," 23 Nov. 2019 In a duel between star running backs Dalvin Cook of Minnesota and Ezekiel Elliott of Dallas, Cook had by far the better night. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings top Cowboys 28-24 for much-needed marquee road win," 10 Nov. 2019 For lap after lap the red and white McLarens circled the track at high speed, locked in a duel. Sarah Holt, CNN, "Japanese GP: Driven by emotion, Senna and Prost collide at Suzuka," 10 Oct. 2019 Ty Poorman’s 5-yard touchdown keeper with seven seconds left in the game gave The Master’s Academy a dramatic 31-28 home victory over Orlando Christian Prep in a duel of unbeaten teams. Mike Gramajo, orlandosentinel.com, "The Master’s Academy uses last-second touchdown to beat Orlando Christian Prep," 4 Oct. 2019 John Hunter overcame a four-shot deficit over the final three holes on Sunday to win the Greater Houston City Amateur Championship by two shots over Devaughn Robinson at Gus Wortham Park Golf Course in a duel of past champions. Richard Dean, Houston Chronicle, "John Hunter wins Greater Houston City Amateur Championship," 29 Sep. 2019 Star of the game: Leonard outdueled Battle in a duel of two quarterbacks who both should be highly recruited in the Class of 2021. Ben Thomas | Bthomas@al.com, al, "Riley Leonard rallies Fairhope to dramatic win over Eastern Shore rival Daphne," 28 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb On messaging apps, dueling narratives were already taking shape, according to Mahsa Alimardani, a researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute who was monitoring about 100,000 Persian-language channels on Telegram. Washington Post, "‘A cyberattack should be expected’: U.S. strike on Iranian leader sparks fears of major digital disruption," 3 Jan. 2020 Portland’s culture of duelling political protests continues The tension had been building for a while. oregonlive, "2019 in review: A year in Oregon news," 27 Dec. 2019 This was the entire day—dueling minute-long speeches from backbenchers and seat-warmers about the oath of office, and overturning election results, and partisanship, and the founders, and so on. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "How the Democrats Blew Trump’s Impeachment," 18 Dec. 2019 One of the highlights of the year was undoubtedly the Chicken Sandwich War, which had various fast food chains dueling for the honor of having the best chicken sandwich. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "20 ugly holiday sweaters that are way too fun to pass up," 11 Dec. 2019 For weeks, as the House's impeachment inquiry of Donald Trump has unfolded behind closed doors, two dueling narratives about the president's actions have remained distinct. Anchorage Daily News, "Dueling narratives on Trump’s actions collide for shared audience," 14 Nov. 2019 Iran, appealing for international support, sent the United Nations Security Council a letter on Thursday asserting that the drone was on a spy mission when it was shot down, opening the door for dueling narratives to be presented to the world body. Siobhan Hughes, WSJ, "U.S. Planned Strike on Iran After Downing of Drone but Called Off Mission," 21 June 2019 The entertainment includes over-sized board games, dueling pianos and local bands performing rock/country music. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Red, White and Brews returns to California’s Great America," 20 June 2019 Both companies started clinical trials for their PH1 drugs within months of each other in the spring of 2016 — and less than a year after Alnylam and Dicerna started dueling trade-secrets lawsuits. Kate Sheridan, STAT, "Alnylam chalks up another win with phase 3 trial of a liver-disease drug," 17 Dec. 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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Time Traveler for duel

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The first known use of duel was in the 15th century

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18 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Duel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dueling. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for duel

duel

noun
How to pronounce duel (audio)

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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