Definition of single combat in US English:

single combat


  • Fighting between two people.

    ‘these two have been engaging in single combat for years’
    • ‘The English knights knew their only chance was to break the Scottish formation - so they tried to draw individuals into single combat.’
    • ‘The tournament in this period was no carefully regulated single combat, but a great mêlée involving hundreds of knights, mimicking and rehearsing for warfare.’
    • ‘Although gladiators were clearly Roman, the values presented in gladiatorial single combat were central to Greek culture as well as to Roman.’
    • ‘The soldiers were trained relentlessly in fighting in formation with different types of weapons, and also single combat.’
    • ‘The parties, or champions on their behalf, would fight in formal single combat and the winner would be deemed to be the successful party in the case.’
    affair of honour, mano-a-mano
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single combat

/ˈsɪŋɡəl kəmˈbæt/