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noun chiefly historical
a contest with deadly weapons arranged between two people in order to settle a point of honor.
• (in modern use) a contest or race between two parties : two eminent critics engaged in a verbal duel.
ORIGIN late 15th cent.: from Latin duellum, archaic 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 honor] dates from the early 17th cent.
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