[doo-el-oh, dyoo-; Italian doo-el-law]


the practice or art of dueling.
the code of rules regulating dueling.

Origin of duello

From Italian, dating back to 1580–90; see origin at duel
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Examples from the Web for duello

Historical Examples of duello

  • They abounded in the most ultra German opinions respecting the duello.

  • It was couched as an invitation, which I interpreted to—the duello.

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Even in their lawlessness the rude instinct of the duello swayed them.


    Bret Harte

  • But there is one class of cases left in which a gentleman has but one resource—the duello.

    Mrs. Darrell

    Foxcroft Davis

  • This, at the time, I knew not, being ignorant of the laws of the duello.

    The Chaplain of the Fleet

    Walter Besant and James Rice

British Dictionary definitions for duello


noun plural -los

the art of duelling
the code of rules for duelling

Word Origin for duello

C16: from Italian; see duel
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