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

: 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

a :  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 tournament
b :  the whole series of knightly sports, jousts, and tilts occurring at one time and place
:  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>


Middle English tornement, from Anglo-French turneiement, from turneier
First Known Use: 13th century

Other General Sports Terms

kegler, mulligan, rappel, turkey

Rhymes with TOURNAMENT

TOURNAMENTS Defined for Kids


noun tour·na·ment \ˈtr-nə-mənt\

Definition of TOURNAMENT for Kids

:  a series of contests played for a championship <a golf tournament> <a chess tournament>
:  a contest between knights wearing armor and fighting with blunted lances or swords


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