Two men face off for a duel.
- 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.
- a formal fight between two persons armed with deadly weapons: it is prearranged and witnessed by two others (called seconds), each representing a 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 d?u-, an unverified form deu-, to injure, destroy, burn from source Sanskrit d?, pain, Old English teona, harm
transitive verb-·eled or -·elled, -·el·ing or -·el·ling
to fight a duel with (a person or persons)
- 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 du·el·ling
- To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
- To oppose actively and forcefully.
To engage in or as if in formal combat.
Origin of duelMiddle English duelle from Medieval Latin duellum from Latin war archaic variant of bellum
- du′el·er du′el·ist
- To engage in a battle.