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

Federer last downed Djokovic at a grand slam in 2012 and fell in their two other final duels at Wimbledon. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Djokovic saves match points, beats Federer in historic Wimbledon final," 14 July 2019 Their duel had something often lacking in this memorable era of men’s tennis: an edge, as Kyrgios showboated and intentionally smacked balls at Nadal’s body, ignoring the glares that Nadal sometimes fired back. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal Doesn’t Fall for Nick Kyrgios’s Bag of Tricks," 4 July 2019 Starters Wynkoop and Michael Baumann both pitched gems in a classic pitchers' duel. Staff Report, courant.com, "Wynkoop spins a 4-hitter; Yard Goats down Bowie 4-0," 4 July 2019 Jesse Winker led off with an opposite-field homer to left, Joey Votto drew a walk and Eugenio Suárez sent a 2-2 changeup out to left for a two-run shot, winning a nine-pitch duel with Houser. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 8, Reds 6: Christian Yelich becomes first player in club history with 30 HRs before break," 1 July 2019 At the time of his death, Hosack was famous in the United States and Europe — in part for his civic work and in part for his role as attending physician at the 1804 duel of his friends Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. Time Staff, Time, "15 Unsung Moments From American History That Historians Say You Should Know About," 28 June 2019 Clive Owen, as usual, pockets every scene, though even he is caught in a losing duel with the dialogue. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Yesterday” Wants to Hold Your Hand," 28 June 2019 There's also an endless variety of runestones, used to participate in Raid Battle-style duels with powerful wizards (these introduce a simple and slightly more engaging point-at-the-target minigame to the usual trace-the-line spell-casting). Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Wizards Unite is a bloated, slow, Harry Potter-ified Pokémon Go," 21 June 2019 More than once there were fans who seemed to take delight in a duel of who actually loved Serena more in their shouts of affection. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Serena Williams partners with sister, Venus, in return to tennis at Fed Cup," 11 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This case will likely end in a settlement While the dueling complaints suggest that Leonard and Nike are engaged in an acrimonious legal battle, chances are both sides will peacefully negotiate a solution out-of-court. Michael Mccann, SI.com, "Nike Countersues Kawhi Leonard in Ongoing Battle Over 'The Klaw' Logo," 18 July 2019 You’d be forgiven, watching the dueling livestreams, for thinking you’d stumbled across portals into a pair of parallel universes. Gregory Barber, WIRED, "While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action," 18 July 2019 That was followed by dueling columns in Charlotte newspapers. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDSU’s Jalen McDaniels tries to adjust to NBA game," 11 July 2019 There’s a strong case to be made that the two best quarterbacks in the conference will be dueling yet again. oregonlive.com, "Oregon opponent early scouting report: Stanford," 11 July 2019 The best response to dueling charges of ineptitude is diplomatic policy success. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Not So Special Relationship," 10 July 2019 Most recently, the plan was diminished to creating dueling white papers that would elevate climate denialism to the level of consensus science. Scott Waldman, Science | AAAS, "Trump White House shelves ‘adversarial’ review of climate science," 9 July 2019 The vote on rules authorizing administrative law judges to handle some of the commission’s work was delayed June 17 following dueling motions and testimony by industry on one side and community and environmental groups on the other. Judith Kohler, The Denver Post, "Colorado’s writing of new oil, gas rules off to a rocky start," 3 July 2019 As Chris Megerian wrote, the dueling memos are just part of a continuing war to shape public opinion about the investigation being led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. David Lauter, latimes.com, "Bipartisanship prevails — by sending the debt sky high," 9 Feb. 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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