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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: duellum, from (influenced by duo 'two') Latin bellum 'war'

duel

1 noun
     
Related topics: Weapons
du‧el1 [countable]
1PMW a fight with weapons between two people, used in the past to settle a quarrel:
The officer challenged him to a duel.
2 a situation in which two people or groups are involved in an angry disagreement:
a verbal duel

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