Definition of single combat in English:

single combat

noun

  • Fighting between two people.

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

single combat

/ˈsɪŋɡəl kəmˈbæt/