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duel

[doo-uh l, dyoo-] /ˈdu əl, ˈdyu-/
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.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), dueled, dueling or (especially British) duelled, duelling.
3.
to fight in a duel.
Origin
1585-1595
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 forms
duelistic; especially British, duellistic, adjective
outduel, verb (used with object), outdueled, outdueling or (especially British) outduelled, outduelling.
Can be confused
dual, duel.
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British Dictionary definitions for duelled

duel

/ˈdjuːəl/
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
verb (intransitive) duels, duelling, duelled (US) duels, dueling, dueled
3.
to fight in a duel
4.
to contest closely
Derived Forms
dueller, 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 duelled

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."

v.

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

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