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duelist

or (especially British) duellist

[doo-uh-list, dyoo-] /ˈdu ə lɪst, ˈdyu-/
noun
1.
a person who participates in a duel.
Also called dueler; especially British, dueller.
Origin of duelist
1585-1595
1585-95; duel + -ist
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  • He was like a duelist, on the alert to twist the slightest thing into a casus belli.

    The Stillwater Tragedy Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  • The Colonel was impressed; he had a duelist's respect for punctuality.

  • Their methods, too, were rather those of the duelist than the fighter, and this gave Barrington and Seth some advantage.

    The Light That Lures Percy Brebner
  • A duelist would lunge and thrust with the whip-sword, allowing its mobile point some degree of freedom by controlling it deftly.

    Quest of the Golden Ape Ivar Jorgensen
  • The Sov duelist was back a good six feet, and laughing openly.

    Frigid Fracas Dallas McCord Reynolds
  • He had proved his bravery in war and as a duelist, and he was a diplomat as well as a soldier.

  • He was a duelist of national fame, in those days when the border duels were fought with knife instead of pistol.

  • This was Dolokhov, an officer of the Semenov regiment, a notorious gambler and duelist, who was living with Anatole.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Its disadvantages lay in his own imperfections as a duelist, and for the first time he cursed the benign laws of his country.

  • If the duelist has attended still other universities, he will probably have a half a dozen welts and scars across his face.

    Twenty Years in Europe Samuel H. M. Byers
Word Origin and History for duelist
n.

1590s, from duel + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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