[doo-uh-list, dyoo-]


a person who participates in a duel.

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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Examples from the Web for duellist

Historical Examples of duellist

  • But for his repute as a duellist they would have picked a quarrel with the visitor there and then.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • The French ask for a duellist as the English ask for a sportsman.

  • The duellist, being very lame, requested that he might have a prop.

    The Jest Book

    Mark Lemon

  • As a duellist he had acquired who had fallen at his hands; but they were many.

  • That Carlo Ammiani had slunk from a combat with your duellist.

    Vittoria, Complete

    George Meredith

Word Origin and History for duellist



1590s, from duel + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper