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

Seven-time champion Serena Williams needed a comeback to win in three sets against an 18-year-old qualifier. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "After all the fireworks Rafael Nadal ousts Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon," 4 July 2019 Credit to Leonard and credit to the teams recruiting the NBA’s best free agent and two-time NBA champion that the process has been handled mostly on Leonard’s terms — deliberately and quietly. Dan Woike, latimes.com, "Kawhi Leonard is now on the clock with free-agency meetings likely behind him," 4 July 2019 Unseeded Reilly Opelka entered his second-round match at Wimbledon against Stan Wawrinka with an 11-inch height advantage on the three-time major champion. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "A methed-up squirrel?," 3 July 2019 Gauff upset Williams, a five-time Wimbledon singles champion, 6-4, 6-4, in the first round of the tournament. Petra Cahill, NBC News, "Trump reveals his July 4th plans, fans mourn Tyler Skaggs & a new Wimbledon star: The Morning Rundown," 2 July 2019 Yet, that didn't stop Haiti from holding the seven-time champions from scoring a goal in regular time. Drake Hills, azcentral, "Mexico slips past Haiti in front of Gold Cup record crowd at State Farm Stadium," 2 July 2019 Still, this match was a litmus test for Williams — a way to gauge, based on the quality of her play, how fit the seven-time Wimbledon champion is for another serious run. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams Shows Some Rust in Opening Win," 2 July 2019 In the weeks since the shot, Loyd added a new title to his name — NBA champion. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Former UIndy guard Jordan Loyd wants to be more than 'random guy in a suit'," 2 July 2019 Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams, age 39, has dropped to No. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Women’s Tennis Has a New No. 1. But for How Long?," 30 June 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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