- 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.
- 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 of duelMiddle English duelle ; from Medieval 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
- 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.
verbdu·eled, du·el·ing, du·els or du·elled or du·el·ling
- To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
- To oppose actively and forcefully.
Origin of duelMiddle English duelle, from Medieval Latin duellum, from Latin, war, archaic variant of bellum.
- du′el·er, du′el·ist
(third-person singular simple present duels, present participle dueling (US), duelling (UK), simple past and past participle dueled (US), duelled (UK))
- To engage in a battle.
- leud, lude