[ doo-uhl, dyoo- ]
/ ˈdu əl, ˈdyu- /
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a prearranged combat between two persons, fought with deadly weapons according to an accepted code of procedure, especially to settle a private quarrel.
any contest between two persons or parties.

verb (used with or without object), du·eled, du·el·ing or (especially British) du·elled, du·el·ling.

to fight in a duel.



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Origin of duel

1585–95; earlier duell<Medieval Latin duellum,Latin: earlier form of bellum war, probably maintained and given sense “duel” by association with Latin duotwo
du·el·is·tic; especially British, du·el·lis·tic, adjectiveoutduel, verb (used with object), out·du·eled, out·du·el·ing or (especially British) out·du·elled, out·du·el·ling.
dual, duel
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British Dictionary definitions for duel

/ (ˈdjuːəl) /


a prearranged combat with deadly weapons between two people following a formal procedure in the presence of seconds and traditionally fought until one party was wounded or killed, usually to settle a quarrel involving a point of honour
a contest or conflict between two persons or parties

verb duels, duelling or duelled or US duels, dueling or dueled (intr)

to fight in a duel
to contest closely
dueller or duellist, noun
C15: from Medieval Latin duellum, from Latin, poetical variant of bellum war; associated by folk etymology with Latin duo two
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