Definition of duello in English:



the duello
  • 1The custom of duelling or the established code governing duellists.

    ‘the laws of the duello as laid down in every civilized country’
    • ‘An outcry has been raised against the duello, when the fact is that the duello is simply the unit of war.’
    • ‘Among the greatest of today is the great hue and cry against the Duello.’
    • ‘He has put a mortal slight upon me, by bumping me in the solemn service of Hele-an-to; apologizing with an insult; and then refusing to abide by the duello.’
    • ‘Armado valued himself on the nicety of his skill in taking up quarrels according to the rules of art, and adjusting the ceremonies of the duello.’
    • ‘The Passado he respects not, the Duello he regards not; his disgrace is to be called Boy, but his glorie is to subdue men.’
    1. 1.1 A duel.
      ‘none shall fight duellos here’
      • ‘The implication reminded Smollett of a narrow escape from a duello at Ghent in 1749 with a Frenchman.’
      • ‘Through my defiance, and stupid ways, here was I in a duello, and my legs not come to their strength yet, and my arms as limp as a herring.’
      • ‘Within a month after his letting out of prison he was killed in a duello with the husband of a lady he had took by force in the highway.’
      • ‘A duello commenced of longbow against crossbow; and as the freebooters could deliver near a dozen shafts to each bolt, they more than held their own.’
      • ‘Here and there fierce duellos among rival bulls took place for the possession of some shaggy one of the softer sex.’
      affair of honour, mano-a-mano, single combat
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Late 16th century: Italian, ‘duel’.