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 Among the drivers expected to participate are reigning IndyCar series champion Josef Newgarden and reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "No baseball on Opening Day, yet the Mariners are somehow 0-1," 27 Mar. 2020 For years now, Beijing has tried to position China under the Communist Party as the champion and leader of a new, emerging, post-American global order. Aaron Rhodes, National Review, "China Is Pushing a ‘Zero’ Myth on COVID-19," 27 Mar. 2020 Earlier this month, Curry, a six-time All-Star, three-time league champion and two-time Most Valuable Player, missed two games because of flu-like symptoms. NBC News, "U.S. leads global coronavirus cases, British PM Boris Johnson tests positive and a tribute to health workers," 27 Mar. 2020 The companies that are seeing progress are enrolling leaders as champions and [asking] employees to identify solutions that make sense to their organization. Gwen Moran, Fortune, "Leaders need to ‘disrupt their denial’ to get diversity and inclusion right," 26 Mar. 2020 Two days later, the Longhorns headed to Los Angeles and ended the defending national champion and then-No. 1 UCLA’s 23-game win streak with a 6-4 victory in extra innings. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Longhorn softball checks in at No. 1 in Softball America’s final poll of 2020," 24 Mar. 2020 El Salvador ended its season, declaring Once Deportivo as champions, and Nicaragua shut down as well. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Can’t actually play sports? Why not simulate them?," 20 Mar. 2020 Three-time Stanley Cup champion and two-time NBA MVP Sidney Crosby was the 14th NHL player to test positive for that virus at the time. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "NHL follows NBA and MLS in suspending season over coronavirus outbreak," 12 Mar. 2020 Sheldon-Sacramento, the two-time defending Northern California Open boys basketball champion and a national power, announced its decision Saturday and canceled its Open Division semifinal game against Dublin that was scheduled for that night. Mitch Stephens, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus high school sports cancellations: Defending champ Sheldon withdraws," 7 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In the House, Speaker Nancy Pelosi in championing a substantially different, $2.5 billion measure. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Will ‘The Great Cessation’ be worse than the Great Recession? Here’s what we can tell so far," 25 Mar. 2020 The Court has certainly had moments of championing society’s most vulnerable – such as a surprising 2011 decision ordering California to reduce prison overcrowding, but not many, and particularly not in the past half-century. Adam Cohen, Time, "How the Supreme Court Favors the Rich and Powerful," 3 Mar. 2020 What she's done on council In her two years on council she's been praised for championing banning the sale of tobacco in the city to people under the age of 21 and pushing wage equity for women. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Tamaya Dennard: Who is Cincinnati City Councilwoman arrested Tuesday," 25 Feb. 2020 Bloomberg, 78, accused Sanders of hypocrisy for championing the poor and downtrodden while owning three homes, one in Washington and two in Vermont. David Mark, Washington Examiner, "ANALYSIS: 2020 Democrats finally embrace negative campaigning," 20 Feb. 2020 Not only is the British-Bahrainian fashion designer a personal friend of Meghan’s, but her clothing company aims to reduce clothing waste by championing direct-to-consumer sales. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "Meghan’s Style Game Is Sustainable In Her First Appearance With Harry Since Their Royal Exit," 18 Feb. 2020 By championing a range of talented, diverse filmmakers (Greta Gerwig, Barry Jenkins, Ari Aster, the list goes on) and throwing the full weight of the company behind each of their original films, A24 is, in essence, the HBO of movies. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "In an era of franchise clones, A24’s original indie films continue to stand out," 13 Feb. 2020 Andrew Yang, who created buzz for his campaign by championing a universal basic income, suspended his 2020 bid following the New Hampshire primary. Rebecca Morin, USA TODAY, "Amy Klobuchar's surprising strength and other takeaways from the New Hampshire primary," 12 Feb. 2020 Ward’s extensive record of championing for human rights and non-violence earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "Gone but not forgotten: 13 trailblazing women we lost in 2019," 26 Dec. 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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The first known use of champion was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

31 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Champion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/champion. Accessed 9 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for champion

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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