- The definition of a duel is a fight between two people either verbal or with weapons.
- An example of a duel is two politicians arguing at a debate.
- An example of a duel is a fight between two gentleman using pistols.
- To duel is defined as to fight.
An example of duel is to fence.
Two men face off for a duel.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a formal fight between two persons armed with deadly weapons: it is prearranged and witnessed by two others, called seconds, one for each combatant
- any contest or encounter suggesting such a fight, usually between two persons: a verbal duel
Origin: Middle English duelle ; from Midieval Latin duellum ; from Old Latin dvellum (L bellum), war ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dāu-, an unverified form deu-, to injure, destroy, burn from source Sanskrit dū, pain, Old English teona, harm
- duelist noun
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- A prearranged, formal combat between two persons, usually fought to settle a point of honor.
- A struggle for domination between two contending persons, groups, or ideas.
- To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
- To oppose actively and forcefully.
Origin: Middle English duelle, from Medieval Latin duellum, from Latin, war, archaic variant of bellum.
- duˈel·er, duˈel·ist noun