Duel Definition

do͝oəl, dyo͝o-
dueled, dueling, duelled, duelling, duels
noun
duels
Any contest or encounter suggesting such a fight, usually between two persons.
A verbal duel.
Webster's New World
A formal fight between two persons armed with deadly weapons: it is prearranged and witnessed by two others (called seconds), each representing a combatant.
Webster's New World
Historically, the wager of battle (judicial combat)
Wiktionary
verb
dueled, dueling, duelled, duelling, duels
To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
American Heritage
To fight a duel with (a person or persons)
Webster's New World
To oppose actively and forcefully.
American Heritage
To engage in or as if in formal combat.
American Heritage
Advertisement

Other Word Forms of Duel

Noun

Singular:
duel
Plural:
duels

Origin of Duel

  • From Medieval Latin duellum (“fight between two men”), under influence from Latin duo, from Old Latin duellum (whence Latin bellum (“war”)), from Proto-Indo-European *dāu-, *deu- (“to injure, destroy, burn”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English duelle from Medieval Latin duellum from Latin war archaic variant of bellum

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

Advertisement

Find Similar Words

Find similar words to duel using the buttons below.

Words Starting With

Words Ending With

Unscrambles

duel