Dual or Duel?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between dual and duel?
Dual means duo or double.
- He has dual standards.
- I challenge you to a duel.
Dual and DuelThe words dual and duel sound quite similar, but their meanings are very different.
DualThe adjective dual means double or composed of two parts.
- After I marry, I will retain dual nationality.
- I live a dual life. On the red carpet, it's complete glam. But at home, I'm a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl. (Ashley Greene)
DuelThe noun duel is a prearranged combat between two people or groups. The word duel can also be used as a verb.
- Her father was injured in a duel.
- They will duel at sundown. (This is an example of duel being used as a verb)
- The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated. (Charles Baudelaire)