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[doo-uh-list, dyoo-]
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  1. a person who participates in a duel.
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Also especially British, du·el·list.

Origin of duelist

First recorded in 1585–95; duel + -ist
Also called du·el·er; especially British, du·el·ler.
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Historical Examples

  • The duelist may have many motives, but “honor” cannot be one of them!

    Her Mother's Secret

    Emma D. E. N. Southworth

  • The man he'd just met, Andrew Jackson, was well known as a duelist.


    Robert Shea

  • Van Loo paled slightly; he knew Jack's reputation as a duelist.

  • The Colonel was impressed; he had a duelist's respect for punctuality.

  • When duelist was a hero, and it was an honor to have 'killed your man.'

Word Origin and History for duelist


1590s, from duel + -ist.

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