- 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 duelling
You have lived so long abroad that duelling seems a natural and proper thing.In the Valley
I had often heard of Mr. Fitzgerald's propensity to duelling.Beaux and Belles of England
"Your Majesty's ordinance as to duelling is receiving our best attention," he assured me.The Prisoner of Zenda
Something really transcendent in the way of duelling was expected.A Set of Six
Something really transcendental in the way of duelling was expected.The Point Of Honor
- 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 duelling
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.