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[doo-el-oh, dyoo-; Italian doo-el-law] /duˈɛl oʊ, dyu-; Italian duˈɛl lɔ/
the practice or art of dueling.
the code of rules regulating dueling.
Origin of duello
From Italian, dating back to 1580-90; See origin at duel Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • By the etiquette of the duello, I might have insisted upon having the choice; but I was too angry to stand upon punctilios.

    The Bandolero Mayne Reid
  • Even in their lawlessness the rude instinct of the duello swayed them.

    Cressy Bret Harte
  • "Certainly," I answer promptly, because my friend is a little irritable, and still believes in the possibilities of the duello.

  • But there is one class of cases left in which a gentleman has but one resource—the duello.

    Mrs. Darrell Foxcroft Davis
  • It was couched as an invitation, which I interpreted to—the duello.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • This, at the time, I knew not, being ignorant of the laws of the duello.

    The Chaplain of the Fleet Walter Besant and James Rice
  • In the army the Italian still fights his duello, but these affairs never get into the newspapers, as in France.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • Concerning the cause of this duello, I may well say teterrima causa.

    Old Friends Andrew Lang
  • I drew myself up before him, and I bowed as I have done in the duello.

    The Adventures of Gerard Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Perhaps the laws of that terra incognita to which he goes forbid the duello.

    Sir Mortimer Mary Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for duello


noun (pl) -los
the art of duelling
the code of rules for duelling
Word Origin
C16: from Italian; see duel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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