Definition of duel noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdjuːəl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈduːəl//
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  1. 1a formal fight with weapons between two people, used in the past to settle a disagreement, especially over a matter of honour to fight/win a duel to challenge somebody to a duel
  2. 2a competition or struggle between two people or groups a verbal duel
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent.: from Latin duellum, archaic and literary form of bellum ‘war’, used in medieval Latin with the meaning ‘combat between two persons’, partly influenced by dualis ‘of two’. The original sense was ‘single combat used to decide a judicial dispute’; the sense ‘contest to decide a point of honour’ dates from the early 17th cent.Extra examples He fought a duel with the prince. a duel between the two officers The debate rapidly descended into a verbal duel between the two candidates.

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