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duel

a prearranged combat between two people
Not to be confused with:
dual – made up of two parts; for two; double

du·el

 (do͞o′əl, dyo͞o′-)
n.
1. A prearranged, formal combat between two persons, usually fought to settle a point of honor.
2. A struggle for domination between two contending persons, groups, or ideas.
v. du·eled, du·el·ing, du·els or du·elled or du·el·ling
v.tr.
1. To engage (another) in or as if in formal combat.
2. To oppose actively and forcefully.
v.intr.
To engage in or as if in formal combat.

[Middle English duelle, from Medieval Latin duellum, from Latin, war, archaic variant of bellum.]

du′el·er, du′el·ist n.

duel

(ˈdjuːəl)
n
1. (Historical Terms) 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
vb (intr) , duels, duelling or duelled, duels, dueling or dueled
3. (Historical Terms) to fight in a duel
4. to contest closely
[C15: from Medieval Latin duellum, from Latin, poetical variant of bellum war; associated by folk etymology with Latin duo two]
ˈdueller, ˈdueler n
ˈduellist, ˈduelist n

du•el

(ˈdu əl, ˈdyu-)

n., v. -eled, -el•ing (esp. Brit.) -elled, -el•ling. n.
1. a prearranged combat between two persons, fought with deadly weapons according to an accepted code of procedure, esp. to settle a private quarrel.
2. any contest between two persons or parties.
v.t., v.i.
3. to fight in a duel.
[1585–95; earlier duell < Medieval Latin duellum, Latin: earlier form of bellum war]
du′el•er, du′el•ist, n.

duel


Past participle: duelled
Gerund: duelling

Imperative
duel
duel
Present
I duel
you duel
he/she/it duels
we duel
you duel
they duel
Preterite
I duelled
you duelled
he/she/it duelled
we duelled
you duelled
they duelled
Present Continuous
I am duelling
you are duelling
he/she/it is duelling
we are duelling
you are duelling
they are duelling
Present Perfect
I have duelled
you have duelled
he/she/it has duelled
we have duelled
you have duelled
they have duelled
Past Continuous
I was duelling
you were duelling
he/she/it was duelling
we were duelling
you were duelling
they were duelling
Past Perfect
I had duelled
you had duelled
he/she/it had duelled
we had duelled
you had duelled
they had duelled
Future
I will duel
you will duel
he/she/it will duel
we will duel
you will duel
they will duel
Future Perfect
I will have duelled
you will have duelled
he/she/it will have duelled
we will have duelled
you will have duelled
they will have duelled
Future Continuous
I will be duelling
you will be duelling
he/she/it will be duelling
we will be duelling
you will be duelling
they will be duelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been duelling
you have been duelling
he/she/it has been duelling
we have been duelling
you have been duelling
they have been duelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been duelling
you will have been duelling
he/she/it will have been duelling
we will have been duelling
you will have been duelling
they will have been duelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been duelling
you had been duelling
he/she/it had been duelling
we had been duelling
you had been duelling
they had been duelling
Conditional
I would duel
you would duel
he/she/it would duel
we would duel
you would duel
they would duel
Past Conditional
I would have duelled
you would have duelled
he/she/it would have duelled
we would have duelled
you would have duelled
they would have duelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.duel - a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honorduel - a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
2.duel - any struggle between two skillful opponents (individuals or groups)
struggle, battle - an energetic attempt to achieve something; "getting through the crowd was a real struggle"; "he fought a battle for recognition"
Verb1.duel - fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman; "In the 19th century, men often dueled over small matters"
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"

duel

noun
1. single combat, fight, battle, confrontation, head-to-head, affair of honour He killed a man in a duel.
verb
1. fight, struggle, clash, compete, contest, contend, vie with, lock horns We duelled for two years.

duel

verb
To strive in opposition:
Translations
مُبارَزَهمُنافَسَهيَتَبارَز
bojsoubojutkat se v souboji
duelduelleretvekamp
kaksinkamppailukaksintaistelu
párbajpárbajozik
einvígieinvígi; úrslitaleikurheyja einvígi
dvikovakautis dvikovoje
divkaujaduelētiesduelis
biť sa v súbojisúboj
dvoboj
düellodüello etmek

duel

[ˈdjʊəl]
A. Nduelo m
to fight a duelbatirse en duelo
B. VIbatirse en duelo

duel

[ˈdjuːəl] nduel m
a duel between → un duel entre

duel

n (lit, fig)Duell nt; duel of witsgeistiger Wettstreit
visich duellieren; (German students)eine Mensur schlagen; duelling (Brit) or dueling (US) pistolsDuellierpistolen pl

duel

[ˈdjʊəl]
1. nduello
2. vibattersi in duello

duel

(ˈdjuəl) noun
1. a fight (with swords or pistols) between two people over a matter of honour etc.
2. any contest between two people or two sides. a duel for first place.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈduelled
to fight a duel.
References in classic literature ?
After a moment's pause the duelists saluted the umpire respectfully, then one after another the several officials stepped forward, gracefully removed their caps and saluted him also, and returned to their places.
The duelists sat down; a student official stepped forward, examined the wounded head and touched the place with a sponge once or twice; the surgeon came and turned back the hair from the wound-- and revealed a crimson gash two or three inches long, and proceeded to bind an oval piece of leather and a bunch of lint over it; the tally-keeper stepped up and tallied one for the opposition in his book.
Then the duelists took position again; a small stream of blood was flowing down the side of the injured man's head, and over his shoulder and down his body to the floor, but he did not seem to mind this.
These were the duelists returning from the fight; he thought he recognized them, but as he had no desire for white people's company, he stooped down behind the fence until they were out of his way.
Some wished to fight like duelists, believ- ing it to be correct to stand erect and be, from their feet to their foreheads, a mark.
Here he heard the occasional shots of the duelists, and choosing the safer and swifter avenue of the forest branches to the uncertain transportation afforded by a half-broken Abyssinian pony, took to the trees.
The barbaric harness of the duelists lent splendid color to the savage, martial scene.
They exchanged the glances of duelists. Her plain black frock was buttoned up to her throat.
In the meantime the girl moved about the room, keeping out of the way of the duelists, and as she did so, Bradley caught a glimpse of her full face and immediately recognized her as the girl of the place of the yellow door.
Teeka moved from beneath the tree in an effort to keep close to the duelists.
Another voice, from a man of medium height with clear blue eyes, particularly striking among all these drunken voices by its sober ring, cried from the window: "Come here; part the bets!" This was Dolokhov, an officer of the Semenov regiment, a notorious gambler and duelist, who was living with Anatole.
"I don't know what you mean, nor do I even desire to know what you mean," replied the cardinal; "but I wish to please you, and see nothing out of the way in giving you what you demand with respect to so infamous a creature--the more so as you tell me this D'Artagnan is a libertine, a duelist, and a traitor."