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 Dixon pounded home 17 kills, posted 5 blocks and had 3 digs to lead the six-time state champions to yet another final four. Pat Lammer, sun-sentinel.com, "Dixon, St. Thomas Aquinas push past Mater in 6A regional final," 5 Nov. 2019 Jepkosgei upset four-time champion Mary Keitany to win the New York City Marathon on Sunday with a historic debut seven seconds off the course record. BostonGlobe.com, "NEW YORK — Joyciline Jepkosgei arrived in New York with a modest goal for her first marathon ever.," 3 Nov. 2019 Illinois freshman Emma Wilson, a two-time state champion from Greencastle, finished 59th. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel's Ben Veatch runs to 4th, leads Indiana to 2nd in Big Ten," 3 Nov. 2019 Ben Roethlisberger, a two-time Super Bowl champion, was knocked out of the Steelers' second game of the season and required season-ending surgery. Adam Renuart, CNN, "Patriots face the Ravens, and other things to watch for this NFL Sunday," 3 Nov. 2019 Jepkosgei upset the four-time New York City Marathon champion to win the women's race, a historic debut that left her seven seconds off the course record. CBS News, "Joyciline Jepkosgei wins first NYC Marathon while Geoffrey Kamworor takes second marathon in three years," 3 Nov. 2019 The win also ensured the Springboks became the first team to lose a game and rebound to win the title, having lost their tournament-opening game last month to the two-time champion All Blacks in the pool stage. Washington Post, "South Africa beats England 32-12, wins 3rd World Cup title," 2 Nov. 2019 Sierpina was 2 seconds exactly behind runner-up Haile LaMar (19:38.80), but quite a ways off from now two-time champion Anna Rupp (18:58.46) of Lexington Christian. Nate Bryan, The Courier-Journal, "Collegiate girls bring home school's first state title at Class A cross country meet," 2 Nov. 2019 Eleven-time state champion Highlands will look to make noise. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Kentucky high school cross country: Five storylines for the state championship races," 1 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Meghan Markle spent Friday morning championing a favorite cause and brought along a surprise guest — husband Prince Harry. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Unexpectedly Brings Prince Harry to Roundtable Discussion on Gender Equality," 25 Oct. 2019 But one name jumped off the screen for its sheer one-of-these-things-is-not-like-the-other factor: Penzeys Spices, the nation's largest spice retailer, had dropped $92,000 from Sept. 29 to Oct. 5 on ads championing impeachment. oregonlive, "Spice company Penzeys spent more money on impeachment ads on Facebook than anyone not named Trump," 9 Oct. 2019 The Warren campaign came to her, and the Massachusetts senator wrote an op-ed championing the measure in the Sacramento Bee. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, "Silicon Valley can’t escape the glare of the presidential race," 4 Oct. 2019 Proceeds from the show will benefit the Tim Bergling Foundation, which champions causes related to mental health and other initiatives. Katie Bain, Billboard, "Avicii Tribute Concert Sells Out in 30 Minutes," 5 Sep. 2019 For years, the two volunteered on political campaigns and championed progressive causes. oregonlive.com, "A Mouseketeer mystery: Dennis Day’s extraordinary life and heartbreaking death," 6 July 2019 Founded back in 2016, LAPP ‘Leomie Anderson the Project the Purpose’ was designed to be a modern brand championing women’s issue through fashion. James Love, Essence, "Leomie Anderson and Daily Paper Join Forces to Empower Women For Their Debut Collaboration," 3 July 2019 Six states have introduced legislation banning abortions solely due to a prenatal Down Syndrome diagnosis, and those championing these bills repeatedly invoke eugenics. Audrey Farley, Longreads, "We Still Don’t Know How to Navigate the Cultural Legacy of Eugenics," 20 June 2019 Instead of each camp championing its own view and demolishing others, researchers will collaborate and agree to publish in advance how discriminating experiments might be conducted — and then respect the outcomes. Quanta Magazine, "Neuroscience Readies for a Showdown Over Consciousness Ideas," 6 Mar. 2019

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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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11 Nov 2019

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

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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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