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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The combination of starting pitcher depth, having three switch-hitters in the starting lineup, employing the defending AL batting champion (Tim Anderson), and adding veteran leadership in Grandal and Encarnacion is enticing. John Holler, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "How many games will the Chicago White Sox win in 2020?," 15 Feb. 2020 Chisolm entered undefeated and a two-time champion -- 145 last year and 126 in 2018. Daniel Boyette, al, "Rewinding AHSAA state wrestling Championship Saturday in Huntsville," 15 Feb. 2020 The reigning champions Raptors saw the biggest one-year spike, at 25 percent, as their value grew to 10th largest at $2.1 billion. Michael Silverman, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics and DraftKings go into business together," 14 Feb. 2020 Jude Dierker was the diving champion, Max McCauley fourth and Ryan Schneider fifth. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Ryle swimmers celebrate historic performance at regional championships," 13 Feb. 2020 But Wilder, the WBC heavyweight champion, claims Joshua, the holder of boxing's other three world titles, is avoiding a fight with him. Don Riddell And George Ramsay, CNN, "Deontay Wilder accuses Anthony Joshua of choosing 'business' over 'entertainment and thrill'," 12 Feb. 2020 Cherry paid tribute to the late NBA champion, who died alongside eight others in a helicopter crash in California two weeks ago. Chevaz Clarke, CBS News, ""Hair Love" wins Oscar for best animated short," 9 Feb. 2020 Wood made a game-turning play in the first Super Bowl, in January 1967, when the Packers, champions of the N.F.L., met the Kansas City Chiefs, winners of the American Football League title. Richard Goldstein, New York Times, "Willie Wood, Star Defensive Back With the Green Bay Packers, Dies at 83," 3 Feb. 2020 Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, died Jan. 26 following a horrific helicopter crash. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, "Flea Speaks to Kobe Bryant's Impact at First Lakers Game Following His Death," 1 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After Trump's election, Lorance's story gained traction in the media as Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Pete Hegseth championed his case and a STARZ documentary highlighted inconsistencies in the prosecution. Author: Beth Reinhard, Anne Gearan, Anchorage Daily News, "Most clemency grants bypass Justice Department and go to well-connected offenders," 3 Feb. 2020 Winemakers are experimenting outside the typical 12 to 14 percent ABV range, championing lower intervention along the way. Ellen Fort, Sunset Magazine, "This Low-Alcohol Sparkling Wine Heralds a New Kind of Party Drink," 3 Feb. 2020 And too often the political media juggernaut, which only champions winners, fails to appreciate the perseverance of serious candidates who keep hoping and dreaming though the road seems ahead seems steep. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Amy Klobuchar Is in for the Long Haul," 3 Feb. 2020 Richmond Izard: Several individuals urged me, as an experienced government administrator and process improvement professional, to represent and champion the voice of residents. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brown Deer sees surge of new candidates in village board primary election," 29 Jan. 2020 Some high-profile Democrats find the idea of a wealth tax insane, whereas two leading Democrats are championing the idea. David L. Bahnsen, National Review, "The Warren Fracking Ban Would Devastate America," 27 Jan. 2020 Earlier in the day, Alec Burlakoff, a former Insys executive who dressed as a giant fentanyl spray bottle in a rap video that championed the drug, was sentenced to 26 months in prison for participating in the conspiracy. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Pharmalittle: Drug makers spent $120 million lobbying Congress in 2019; more investors are bullish on Biogen’s Alzheimer drug," 24 Jan. 2020 Jody is resolutely passionate about great music and championing new songwriting talents. Melinda Newman, Billboard, "Jody Gerson of Universal Music Publishing Group: Executive of the Year," 24 Jan. 2020 Miracle League founder Kim Nuxhall said no one championed the league more than D’Epifanio. Sue Kiesewetter, Cincinnati.com, "Lives Remembered: Former Fairfield mayor Ron D'Epifanio coached youth football, loved OSU," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of champion was in the 13th century

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18 Feb 2020

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“Champion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/champion?utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=wotd&utm_content=definition. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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champion

noun
How to pronounce champion (audio)

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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