champion

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

Definition of champion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

champion

verb
championed; championing; champions

Definition of champion (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Tottenham Hotspur playmaker Christian Eriksen is another target as the Dane enters the final year of his Spurs contract, as is Donny van de Beek, who played a key role in Ajax's defeat of the 13-time European champions in March. SI.com, "Report: Real Madrid President Not Confident of Signing Paul Pogba," 18 July 2019 Forcier stayed in San Antonio until 2016, including working on the staff of the 2014 NBA champion Spurs. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chad Forcier, who worked with Mike Budenholzer in San Antonio, will join Bucks' staff as assistant," 17 July 2019 Porter was a member of the 2016 state champions who now will be mentored and coached by Larkin at Northwestern. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio State, Northwestern, UC, UK, Iowa State, others recruiting La Salle's football talent," 16 July 2019 New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft became something of a champion for Mill, visiting him in prison and speaking out on behalf of the rapper. Maryclaire Dale, BostonGlobe.com, "Meek Mill seeks new trial, judge after decade-long probation," 16 July 2019 Whitaker won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles - one of nine U.S. champions that year - and made his pro debut on national television. CBS News, "Pernell "Sweet Pea" Whitaker, former boxing world champ, fatally struck by car in Virginia," 15 July 2019 Whitaker won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles — one of nine U.S. boxing champions that year — and made his pro debut on national television. Tim Dahlberg, SFChronicle.com, "Boxing champ Pernell Whitaker dies; hit by car in Virginia," 15 July 2019 Whitaker won a gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles — one of nine U.S. boxing champions that year — and made his pro debut on national television. Tim Dahlberg, baltimoresun.com, "Hall of Fame boxer Pernell Whitaker dies after being hit by a car in Virginia," 15 July 2019 Coincidentally, Summerhays claimed the title of youngest and first repeat champion from his uncle Daniel Summerhays, who accomplished the feat at 17 in 2000 and 2001. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Preston Summerhays, 16, youngest player to repeat as Utah State Amateur golf champion," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Premier League champions Manchester City have only the 10th most expensive average season tickets in the top flight. SI.com, "Ranking the Average Prices of Premier League Club's Season Tickets Ahead of 2019/20 Season," 4 July 2019 Behind state singles runner-up Brandon Chou and state doubles champions Justin Lee and Ben Rueff, Trinity captured its first team tennis state title since 2006. 8. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "The Louisville area had no shortage of prep sports stores this season. Here's our top 10," 2 July 2019 Similar to Rihanna's Savage X Fenty lingerie brand, Fenty champions inclusivity by featuring a range of sizes from extra small to XXXL. Hannah Malach, Billboard, "Rihanna Stuns in Red Fenty Satin Slip Dress: See New Pics," 28 June 2019 Conway and President Trump insist she's being targeted for successfully championing the president, and the OSC is wrongly punishing her for exercising her First Amendment rights. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Kellyanne Conway suggests Hatch Act might not apply to aides like her," 24 June 2019 During his career, Lord has been known for championing contemporary works and nurturing young singers who have gone on to major careers. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Opera Theatre conductor Stephen Lord resigns amid #MeToo controversy," 19 June 2019 Known for championing women's rights and equality, the players collectively filed a lawsuit earlier this year that alleges discrimination by the U.S. Soccer Federation and are seeking pay equitable with that of the men's national team. Anne M. Peterson, chicagotribune.com, "The United States' long wait to kick off the Women's World Cup is almost over," 10 June 2019 So bravo New Zealand, for championing this right 125 years ago—for the women who well deserve to have an active voice and acknowledged vote, and for all of the people that this effort has paved the way for globally. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Explains What Feminism Means to Her During an Empowering Speech," 29 Oct. 2018 So bravo New Zealand, for championing this right 125 years ago—for the women who well deserve to have an active voice and acknowledged vote, and for all of the people that this effort has paved the way for globally. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Gave a Powerful Speech About Feminism in New Zealand," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of champion

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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champion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of champion

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of champion (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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