Duel - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈduːəl|  American pronunciation of the word duel
Brit.  |ˈdjuːəl|  British pronunciation of the word duel


- a prearranged fight with deadly weapons by two people (accompanied by seconds) in order to settle a quarrel over a point of honor
- any struggle between two skillful opponents (individuals or groups)


- fight a duel, as over one's honor or a woman


They engaged in a duel of wits.

...a duel for the title of captain of the team...

He accepted the challenge to duel.

Legislators dueled over the tax increases.

The two runners dueled for the lead.

The officer challenged him to a duel.

In the 19th century, men often dueled over small matters

The duel will be held on neutral ground.

...challenged the dastardly varlet to a duel...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: duel
he/she/it: duels
present participle: duelling
past tense: duelled
past participle: duelled
singular: duel
plural: duels
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