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

These two sides have only met twice before, with their initial duel kicking off in 1972. SI.com, "World Cup Preview: Iran vs Portugal - Recent Form, Prediction, Team News & More," 24 June 2018 The Crimson’s third varsity came from behind to beat Yale’s Sprint champions by nearly three seconds in their two-mile duel. John Powers, BostonGlobe.com, "Yale crew tops Harvard for third straight time," 10 June 2018 No two drivers ever have fought for an Indianapolis 500 lead for the lead as long as Roger Ward and Jim Rathmann in this longer, stronger sequel to their 1959 duel, won by Ward. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Here are the six best Indy 500s ever — by generation," 25 May 2018 Ferguson, who experienced a heated rivalry with Wenger on the touchline, can now fondly recall their duels for trophies. Jamie Goldberg, OregonLive.com, "Barcelona vs. Sevilla in Copa del Rey final: Live updates, TV channel, how to watch live online," 21 Apr. 2018 Locust Grove Executive Director Carol Ely will speak about Burr’s life after his fateful duel with Alexander Hamilton in 1805. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "What to do around Louisville this week: Jurassic Quest, Jewish Film Festival & more," 31 Jan. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Breed and four members of the board introduced dueling November ballot measures this week that will chart the future of the city’s affordable-housing policies. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Can mayor and SF supervisors make nice to build more affordable housing?," 21 June 2019 Rick Bell, an associate professor of history at the University of Maryland, was impressed by the show’s grasp of historical detail from the etiquette of dueling rituals to a cannon-stealing raid that occurred during the Revolutionary War. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Here comes 'Hamilton': What you need know about the musical coming to Baltimore that took over the world," 21 June 2019 While Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden dueled for MVP honors, Leonard managed his season—playing just 60 games—to save his legs. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "What the Gift of Kawhi Has Given the Raptors," 13 June 2019 Though the race for the Democratic nomination is early and fluid, the dueling visits to Iowa offer a glimpse into what a Trump-Biden matchup might portend. Time, "President Trump and Joe Biden Will Overlap in Iowa After Months of Jabbing Each Other," 11 June 2019 The drama debuted with billionaire hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) dueling Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), the ruthless U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Teddy Greenstein, chicagotribune.com, "Theo Epstein, Scottie Pippen and Chuck Wepner: No TV show has better sports analogies than Showtime’s 'Billions'," 7 June 2019 And, jeez, while that’s going on, the Sixers are dueling with the Miami Heat in incredibly intriguing fashion. Bob Ford, Philly.com, "Flyers picked bad year to stink in the playoffs | Bob Ford," 20 Apr. 2018 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

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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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