- 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.
- to fight in a duel.
Origin of duel
Examples from the Web for duel
It was a duel on a larger scale, with all the uncertainty and danger that implied.How Clausewitz Invented Modern War
James A. Warren
November 24, 2014
That, then, makes this, for the third year running, duel between Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler.What's TV's Funniest Show? Our Emmy Awards Comedy Predictions
August 21, 2014
Drake has been following the case on behalf of Fahmy, who is duel Canadian-Egyptian national.Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists
June 23, 2014
It was less of a duel and more of a WWE-styled battle royale.Plotting Nicea III Could Be Pope Francis's Masterstroke
June 8, 2014
The protagonists Bernier and Gautier have a duel that again occupies an adrenaline-defying amount of time.The ‘GOT’ Red Viper and Mountain Duel, and a History of Medieval Trial by Combat
June 3, 2014
We not only have no right to endanger another's life by a duel, but we have no right to endanger our own.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
It was simply a question of days, this duel as to which should go off first.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
The ledge was covered with fine sand, as if on purpose for a duel.
I remember that during the night preceding the duel I did not sleep a single moment.
Meanwhile the duel between the Gneisenau and Inflexible had been going on.
- 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
- to fight in a duel
- to contest closely
Word Origin and History for duel
1590s (from late 13c. in Latin form), from Medieval Latin duellum "combat between two persons," by association with Latin duo "two," but originally from Latin duellum "war," an Old Latin form of bellum (see bellicose). Retained in poetic and archaic language and apparently given a special meaning in Medieval or Late Latin of "one-on-one combat" on fancied connection with duo "two."
1640s, see duel (n.). Related: Dueled; dueling; duelling.