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champion

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noun cham·pi·on \ˈcham-pē-ən\

Definition of champion

  1. 1 :  warrior, fighter a champion of his king

  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 a tennis champion; also :  one who shows marked superiority a champion at selling

Examples of champion in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of champion from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of champion

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


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verb cham·pi·on

Definition of champion

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

  3. 2 :  to protect or fight for as a champion championed the ladies chivalrously in the tilts

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

Examples of champion in a Sentence

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

  2. Our senator championed the idea of lowering taxes.

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First Known Use of champion

circa 1616

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

CHAMPION Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of champion for English Language Learners

  • : 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.

champion

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Definition of champion for English Language Learners

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


CHAMPION Defined for Kids

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noun cham·pi·on \ˈcham-pē-ən\

Definition of champion for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who fights or speaks for another person or in favor of a cause a champion of equal rights

  2. 2 :  a person accepted as better than all others in a sport or in a game of skill

  3. 3 :  the winner of first place in a competition


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verb cham·pi·on

Definition of champion for Students

championed

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championing

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



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