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duel

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noun du·el \ˈdü-əl also ˈdyü-\

Definition of duel

  1. 1 :  a combat between two persons; specifically :  a formal combat with weapons fought between two persons in the presence of witnesses

  2. 2 :  a conflict between antagonistic persons, ideas, or forces; also :  a hard-fought contest between two opponents

Examples of duel in a sentence

  1. They engaged in a duel of wits.

  2. <a duel for the title of captain of the team>

Origin and Etymology of duel

Middle English, from Medieval Latin duellum, from Old Latin, war


First Known Use: 15th century


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duel

verb du·el

Definition of duel

dueled

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duelled

dueling

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duelling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to fight a duel

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to encounter (an opponent) in a duel

dueler

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dueller

noun

duelist

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duellist

play \ˈdü-ə-list\ noun

Examples of duel in a sentence

  1. He accepted the challenge to duel.

  2. Legislators dueled over the tax increases.

  3. The two runners dueled for the lead.

Circa 1645

First Known Use of duel

circa 1645


DUEL Defined for English Language Learners

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duel

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noun du·el \ˈdü-əl also ˈdyü-\

Definition of duel for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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duel

verb du·el

Definition of duel for English Language Learners

  • : to fight with someone using weapons (such as guns or swords) while other people watch

  • : to compete or argue with someone


DUEL Defined for Kids

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duel

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noun du·el \ˈdü-əl, ˈdyü-\

Definition of duel for Students

  1. 1 :  a fight between two persons especially that is fought by agreement with weapons in front of other people

  2. 2 :  a contest between two opponents <The ball game turned into a pitching duel.>


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duel

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verb du·el

Definition of duel for Students

dueled

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duelled

dueling

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duelling

  1. :  to take part in an agreed-upon fight with weapons



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