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 defending Iditarod champion won’t be racing in Alaska in 2021. Anchorage Daily News, "As the year ends, let’s check in with some memorable Alaskans we met in 2020," 1 Jan. 2021 The Blazers defeated the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers Monday night making the trip a successful one. Leaving Southern California with a split against arguably the two best teams in the Western Conference is not an easy achievement. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers aim to shake off blowout loss at the Los Angeles Clippers," 31 Dec. 2020 LaMarcus Aldridge, who had started at center in the team’s first three games, was sidelined with left knee soreness Wednesday against the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "Spurs erring on conservative side with sore LaMarcus Aldridge," 30 Dec. 2020 The Clippers began with victories over the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Beth Harris, chicagotribune.com, "Dallas Mavericks set an NBA record with a 50-point halftime lead vs. Los Angeles Clippers in a 124-73 win," 27 Dec. 2020 Blazers: Play their first road game of the season against the defending champion Lakers on Monday. Erik Garcia Gundersen, Chron, "CJ McCollum leads Trail Blazers past Rockets in overtime," 27 Dec. 2020 Two games into a new season, that resilience has already been put to the test twice by the defending champion Lakers and Denver, with the Clippers emerging each time with a win. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Clippers show a new mental fortitude forged from playoff disaster," 26 Dec. 2020 Amalie Arena, the defending Stanley Cup champion’s home that has been repurposed as the Raptors’ base during the pandemic, felt safe. Christian Clark | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Steven Adams makes an immediate impact in Pelicans' opening-night win," 23 Dec. 2020 The tough schedule opens against Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State, which could be the defending national champion when the teams meet in early September. Megan Ryan, Star Tribune, "Freshmen, transfers and returning seniors will offer Gophers depth for challenging 2021 season," 22 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While leftist parties have traditionally been the first to champion racial equality in the country, Brazil’s rising generation of Black politicians includes some who lean left and many others who are conservatives and devoutly religious. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "Wave of Black Politicians Takes Office in Brazil," 1 Jan. 2021 Robinson seeks to champion Black entrepreneurship, equity and diversity in the world of wine and great Champagne. Céline Bossart, NBC News, "The 5 best champagnes of 2020 to celebrate New Year's Eve," 22 Dec. 2020 Hunters previously used fladry to funnel wolves into an ambush area, but scientists now champion the tool to spare them. Max G. Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "These Non-Lethal Methods Encouraged by Science Can Keep Wolves From Killing Livestock," 11 Dec. 2020 But getting there requires our political leaders to come together to prioritize and champion public health. Tom Daschle, STAT, "Make science bipartisan again," 3 Dec. 2020 While fiscal conservatives are generally skeptical, Republicans and Democrats both champion them. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "Farmers see record $40B in aid, but many are uneasy accepting help," 30 Oct. 2020 Our ancestor, el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, also known as Malcolm X, would champion this work ethic, herald it as a virtue. Monifa Dayo, SFChronicle.com, "I’m a chef who built a dream career in Oakland. But this country’s racism is forcing me to leave," 5 Oct. 2020 There's been an increasing tension at the Statehouse between Republicans, who champion funding for vouchers and charter schools, and Democrats, who think traditional k-12 public schools are under funded. Chris Sikich, The Indianapolis Star, "Republican Jennifer McCormick is endorsing Democrats in Indiana election," 18 Sep. 2020 Women elected officials tend to champion the types of policies and services that will support everyone through the pandemic, like access to health care and social assistance. Fortune, "The U.S. is too far behind the rest of the world when it comes to women in government," 16 Nov. 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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Last Updated

11 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Champion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/champion. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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