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tournament

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noun tour·na·ment \ˈtu̇r-nə-mənt also ˈtər- or ˈtȯr-\

Simple Definition of tournament

  • : a sports competition or series of contests that involves many players or teams and that usually continues for at least several days

  • : a contest of skill and courage between soldiers or knights in the Middle Ages

Full Definition of tournament

  1. 1a :  a knightly sport of the Middle Ages between mounted combatants armed with blunted lances or swords and divided into two parties contesting for a prize or favor bestowed by the lady of the tournamentb :  the whole series of knightly sports, jousts, and tilts occurring at one time and place

  2. 2 :  a series of games or contests that make up a single unit of competition (as on a professional golf tour), the championship play-offs of a league or conference, or an invitational event

Examples of tournament

  1. She's an excellent tennis player who has won many tournaments.

  2. <a golf tournament in which professionals compete against amateurs>



Origin of tournament

Middle English tornement, from Anglo-French turneiement, from turneier


First Known Use: 13th century

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