Dual or Duel?

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Difference between "Dual" and "Duel"?

"Dual" and "duel" are easy to confuse because they sound so similar (i.e., they are nearly perfect homonyms).
  • "Dual" means duo or double. For example:
    • He has dual standards.
  • "Duel" means a combat arranged by two people or groups. For example:
    • I challenge you to a duel.
    dual or duel?

    More about "Dual" and "Duel"


    The adjective "dual" means double or composed of two parts.

    Example sentences with "dual":
    • After I marry, I will retain dual nationality. correct tick
    • 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. correct tick (Actress Ashley Greene)


    The noun "duel" is a prearranged combat between two people or groups. The word "duel" can also be used as a verb.

    Example sentences with "duel":
    • Her father was injured in a duel. correct tick
    • (Here, "duel" is a noun.)
    • They will duel at sundown. correct tick
    • (In this example, "duel" is a verb.)
    You will also see "duel" being used figuratively. For example:
    • The study of beauty is a duel in which the artist cries with terror before being defeated. correct tick (French poet Charles Baudelaire)

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