champion

noun
cham·​pi·​on | \ ˈcham-pē-ən How to pronounce champion (audio) \

Definition of champion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a winner of first prize or first place in competition a tennis champion also : one who shows marked superiority a champion at selling
2 : a militant advocate or defender a champion of civil rights
3 : warrior, fighter a champion of his king
4 : one that does battle for another's rights or honor God will raise me up a champion— Sir Walter Scott

champion

verb
championed; championing; champions

Definition of champion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to act as militant supporter of : uphold, advocate always champions the cause of the underdog
2 : to protect or fight for as a champion championed the ladies chivalrously in the tilts
3 archaic : challenge, defy

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Verb

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

Examples of champion in a Sentence

Noun the heavyweight boxing champion of the world Our team will play the defending champions next week. the newly crowned national champions He was a champion for the working classes. Verb She is a lawyer who champions children's rights. Our senator championed the idea of lowering taxes. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, who resigned his PGA Tour membership, raked in $4 million for winning the event and another $750,000 for being on the winning team. BostonGlobe.com, 24 June 2022 In a recent video on former CrossFit Games champion Mat Fraser's HWPO channel, the five-time World's Strongest Man contender participated in a deadlifts-for-time competition against CrossFit athletes Mal O'Brien and Jake Marconi. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 22 June 2022 The addition of Williams, a former Super Bowl champion with the Kansas City Chiefs until coming to the Cardinals, signaled the front office's desire for experience and quality depth at running back. José M. Romero, The Arizona Republic, 20 June 2022 Former Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama rushed home with the week’s best score, a 65, to finish at 3 under. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, 19 June 2022 Banks has had a rocky relationship with WWE that most recently took an ugly turn last month when Banks and former WWE Women’s tag team champion Naomi walked out during the May 16 broadcast of Raw. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Records aside, the former Baltic champion, who moved to Florida 11 years ago, uses her big swims to help fight against marine pollution. Abigail Adams, PEOPLE.com, 14 June 2022 Twenty players have defected from the PGA Tour, with Patrick Reed the latest, the former Masters champion confirmed Saturday as signing up to LIV Golf as the final round was being completed. Rob Harris, Chicago Tribune, 11 June 2022 Other guests include former WNBA champion and sports broadcaster Renee Montgomery and political activist and co-chair of the 2019 Women’s March Linda Sarsour. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Dodgers champion themselves as more than a sport team. Dylan Hernández, Los Angeles Times, 30 Apr. 2022 The Ukrainians champion the use of face-scanning software from the U.S. tech firm Clearview AI as a brutal but effective way to stir up dissent inside Russia, discourage other fighters and hasten an end to a devastating war. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 The Vincent Chin 40th Remembrance & Rededication aims to champion civil rights and end hate crimes, particularly in the face of ongoing concerns about anti-immigrant — specifically anti-Asian — sentiment and violence. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 2 May 2022 The Ukrainians champion the use of face-scanning software from the U.S. tech firm Clearview AI as a brutal but effective way to stir up dissent inside Russia, discourage other fighters and hasten an end to the war. Arkansas Online, 16 Apr. 2022 That is another fact never to be mentioned: The Left chooses to champion the rights of criminals, while the plight of the communities is exploited to demand ever more redistribution of wealth, which is duly funneled to political insiders. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 5 Feb. 2022 DeSantis’ third quality has been his relentless search for new causes to champion in an expanding culture war. Doyle Mcmanuswashington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2022 Musk, on the other hand, has used his Twitter account — which has more than 84 million followers — to champion free speech and question content moderation decisions such as the banning of Trump and has appeared to mock gender pronouns. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 Musk, on the other hand, has used his Twitter account - which has more than 84 million followers - to champion free speech and question content moderation decisions such as the banning of Trump and has appeared to mock gender pronouns. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of champion

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for champion

Noun

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

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28 Jun 2022

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champion

noun
cham·​pi·​on | \ ˈcham-pē-ən How to pronounce champion (audio) \

Kids Definition of champion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who fights or speaks for another person or in favor of a cause a champion of equal rights
2 : a person accepted as better than all others in a sport or in a game of skill
3 : the winner of first place in a competition

champion

verb
championed; championing

Kids Definition of champion (Entry 2 of 2)

: to fight or speak publicly in support of championing a cause

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