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[doo-uh-list, dyoo-] /ˈdu ə lɪst, ˈdyu-/
a person who participates in a duel.
Also, especially British, duellist.
Also called dueler; especially British, dueller.
Origin of duelist
First recorded in 1585-95; duel + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I know that of you which, even on the code of the duellist, would justify any gentleman in refusing to meet you.

  • But for his repute as a duellist they would have picked a quarrel with the visitor there and then.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
  • Working men who drank the health of a duellist were imprisoned for drunkenness.

    The Ball and The Cross G.K. Chesterton
  • As a duellist he had acquired who had fallen at his hands; but they were many.

  • The young baronet acted weakly, doubtless; but the duellist's blood was surely upon his own head.

  • That Carlo Ammiani had slunk from a combat with your duellist.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • His father had died upon the field; and repudiation of the duellist's code involved censure of him.

    Alone Marion Harland
  • The duellist when hard pressed is apt to give way before his opponent.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • But before his military exploits brought him a national reputation he had become notorious in his neighborhood as a duellist.

  • I did not wish to claim to be a duellist by telling you of my engagements.

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
Word Origin and History for duellist



1590s, from duel + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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