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
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 : 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
She's an excellent tennis player who has won many tournaments.
<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
Rhymes with tournament
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