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duel

[doo-uh l, dyoo-]
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noun
  1. a prearranged combat between two persons, fought with deadly weapons according to an accepted code of procedure, especially to settle a private quarrel.
  2. any contest between two persons or parties.
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verb (used with or without object), du·eled, du·el·ing or (especially British) du·elled, du·el·ling.
  1. to fight in a duel.
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Origin of duel

1585–95; earlier duell < Medieval Latin duellum, Latin: earlier form of bellum war, probably maintained and given sense “duel” by association with Latin duo two
Related formsdu·el·is·tic; especially British, du·el·lis·tic, adjectiveout·du·el, verb (used with object), out·du·eled, out·du·el·ing or (especially British) out·du·elled, out·du·el·ling.
Can be confuseddual duel
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duel

noun
  1. 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
  2. a contest or conflict between two persons or parties
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verb duels, duelling or duelled or US duels, dueling or dueled (intr)
  1. to fight in a duel
  2. to contest closely
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Derived Formsdueller or duellist, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Medieval Latin duellum, from Latin, poetical variant of bellum war; associated by folk etymology with Latin duo two
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Word Origin and History for outduel

duel

n.

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."

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duel

v.

1640s, see duel (n.). Related: Dueled; dueling; duelling.

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