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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. 2018.
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  • 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
  • The French ask for a duellist as the English ask for a sportsman.

    The Wisdom of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton
  • The duellist, being very lame, requested that he might have a prop.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • As a duellist he had acquired who had fallen at his hands; but they were many.

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

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • Then he remembered he was a sporting Christian gentleman, and no duellist.

    Miss Mapp Edward Frederic Benson
  • The duellist when hard pressed is apt to give way before his opponent.

    The Shadow of the Czar John R. Carling
  • I did not wish to claim to be a duellist by telling you of my engagements.

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
  • Laughing, he throws off his coat, like a duellist, grasps and holds her tightly.

  • But she was reluctant to advertise "duellist wanted," with a portrait of her attractions.

    To Tell You the Truth Leonard Merrick
Word Origin and History for duellist



1590s, from duel + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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