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noun cham·pi·on \ˈcham-pē-ən\

Simple Definition of champion

  • : someone or something (such as a team or an animal) that has won a contest or competition especially in sports

  • : someone who fights or speaks publicly in support of a person, belief, cause, etc.

Full Definition of champion

  1. 1 :  warrior, fighter

  2. 2 :  a militant advocate or defender <a champion of civil rights>

  3. 3 :  one that does battle for another's rights or honor <God will raise me up a champion — Sir Walter Scott>

  4. 4 :  a winner of first prize or first place in competition; also :  one who shows marked superiority <a champion at selling>

Examples of champion

  1. the heavyweight boxing champion of the world

  2. Our team will play the defending champions next week.

  3. the newly crowned national champions

  4. He was a champion for the working classes.

Origin of champion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin campion-, campio, of West Germanic origin; akin to Old English cempa warrior

First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with champion



verb cham·pi·on

Simple Definition of champion

  • : to fight or speak publicly in support of (a person, belief, cause, etc.)

Full Definition of champion

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  challenge, defy

  3. 2 :  to protect or fight for as a champion

  4. 3 :  to act as militant supporter of :  uphold, advocate <always champions the cause of the underdog>

Examples of champion

  1. She is a lawyer who champions children's rights.

  2. Our senator championed the idea of lowering taxes.


First Known Use of champion


Synonym Discussion of champion

support, uphold, advocate, back, champion mean to favor actively one that meets opposition. support is least explicit about the nature of the assistance given <supports waterfront development>. uphold implies extended support given to something attacked <upheld the legitimacy of the military action>. advocate stresses urging or pleading <advocated prison reform>. back suggests supporting by lending assistance to one failing or falling <refusing to back the call for sanctions>. champion suggests publicly defending one unjustly attacked or too weak to advocate his or her own cause <championed the rights of children>.

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February 11, 2016

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