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 So there is every reason to expect another low-scoring duel similar to ASU-Arizona even though UCLA dominated USC 83-59 in its Pac-12 opener. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Arizona State women's basketball goes from 12-0 No. 18 Arizona to 12-0 No. 10 UCLA," 2 Jan. 2020 Ridley Scott directs Matt Damon and Ben Affleck in this medieval drama about the last officially recognized judicial duel in France. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "All the movies and TV shows you need to know about in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 His salve from pressures of the duel vocations was Fred Hammond, another popular gospel artist. Roy S. Johnson | Rjohnson@al.com, al, "Johnson: From basement to ‘Big’ -- a Pastor’s one-year chart-topping musical journey," 12 Dec. 2019 The game, the playoff era’s first duel for an SEC title without Alabama still chasing a semifinal berth, seemed like a mismatch from its opening minutes, when a penalty spared Georgia a three-and-out on its first possession. Alan Blinder, New York Times, "L.S.U. Makes Case for Top Seed in Playoff With SEC Win," 7 Dec. 2019 The Battle of Endor and Death of Vader As the Imperial Fleet and the Rebellion dogfight in space, and Han, Leia, and Chewie battle Empire forces on the ground, Luke and Vader duel on Death Star II. Nick Romano, EW.com, "'A long time ago': A Star Wars timeline," 6 Dec. 2019 Orynbek Koksebek, 39, was arrested in November 2017 after authorities accused him of being a traitor for seeking duel citizenship in neighboring Kazakhstan. Charlie Campbell / Shanghai, Time, "Leaked Documents Claim to Reveal Internal Protocols for China's Muslim Detention Camps," 25 Nov. 2019 Throughout their history the Royal Parks have been fields of gore, the sites of hangings, duels and violent riots. B.r., The Economist, "The violent history of London’s Royal Parks," 22 Nov. 2019 The Boesing-Nan Garcia matchup could be one of the best one-on-one duels to watch for the season. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Providence girls basketball overcomes overtimes, Silver Creek continues to cruise," 18 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The dueling filings previewed arguments both sides intend to make once Trump's impeachment trial begins in earnest Tuesday in the Senate. Author: Eric Tucker, Zeke Miller, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump team, House managers trade sharp views on impeachment," 19 Jan. 2020 The dueling statements previewed arguments the antagonists intend to make once Trump’s impeachment trial begins in earnest on Tuesday. Eric Tucker And Zeke Miller, SFChronicle.com, "House Democrats file legal arguments in impeachment," 18 Jan. 2020 This dueling emotional arc — annoyance followed by a rush of guilt — accompanied many of my interactions with Chaya. Dvora Meyers, Longreads, "The Disease of Deceit," 17 Jan. 2020 The family-friendly event will feature live music all day on dueling stages, a petting zoo, carnival rides and more. Tirion Morris, azcentral, "Metro Phoenix food events: Here are 18 festivals not to miss this spring," 14 Jan. 2020 Suskauer told the phalanx of dueling attorneys to return to court in February to make their final pitches. Jane Musgrave, USA TODAY, "Daughters claim ailing widow of Henry Ford II is being abused by longtime companion," 12 Jan. 2020 Suskauer told the phalanx of dueling attorneys to return to court in February to make their final pitches. Jane Musgrave, Detroit Free Press, "Daughters claim widow of Henry Ford II is being abused by longtime companion," 11 Jan. 2020 So Reluctant To Suppress Protests in Hong Kong Hong Kong correspondent Eamon Barrett explains dueling perspectives on display during the Hong Kong protests. Andrew Nusca, Fortune, "10 Fantastic Digital Stories We Published This Year," 18 Dec. 2019 White wants one of his future projects to be about the dueling legacies of Wounded Knee—the massacre and the liberation. Julian Brave Noisecat, Harper's magazine, "Perhaps the World Ends Here," 5 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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Last Updated

7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Duel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dueller. Accessed 25 January 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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