cham·​pi·​on·​ship | \ ˈcham-pē-ən-ˌship How to pronounce championship (audio) \

Definition of championship

1 : designation as champion
2 : the act of championing : defense his championship of freedom of speech
3 : a contest held to determine a champion

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Synonyms for championship


crown, title

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Examples of championship in a Sentence

The team hasn't won a championship in 30 years. the Yankees have won the championship many times

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The company is fresh off sponsoring the Super Bowl LIII halftime show and airing commercials during the National Football League championship game. Allison Prang, WSJ, "PepsiCo CEO Says No Plans to Break Up Snacks, Foods Giant," 15 Feb. 2019 So for this month’s world championships in Denver, the American Alpine Club is building the largest ice-climbing structure ever made in the U.S. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Biggest Ice-Climbing Wall in American History," 23 Feb. 2019 The ring is also very much the thing, and Davis knows helping lead a team to a championship is vital to how he will be remembered. Tim Reynolds, The Seattle Times, "Kareem: Players like Anthony Davis have value and hold power," 20 Feb. 2019 At the end of the game, when the championship is assured, a few of the winning team’s bravest players will undoubtedly pick up a jug of sports drink and douse the head coach. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Weirder Wagers: 7 Strange Ways You Can Bet on the Super Bowl," 30 Jan. 2019 The AWS DeepRacer League, Amazon's competition system for DeepRacer developers, will culminate with a championship each year at re:Invent. Jason Levitt, Ars Technica, "Start your (machine learning) engines: Amazon’s DeepRacer is almost here," 21 Dec. 2018 The news comes alongside Blizzard’s reveal of the schedule for season 2 of OWL, which kicks off on February 14th with a championship rematch between the London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Blizzard’s Overwatch League will have its first home games in Atlanta, Dallas, and LA next year," 12 Dec. 2018 A year later, Craig won the world championship with two Imperial Beach friends. Don Norcross,, "San Diego couple puts it all on the line for Over-The-Line," 13 July 2018 Sue Bird, also a member of a Seattle's championship teams in 2004 and 2010, had 10 points and 10 assists. Fox News, "Seattle sweeps aside Washington to win WNBA championship," 12 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of championship

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of championship

: an important competition that decides which player or team is the best in a particular sport, game, etc.
: the title of champion in a sport or game


cham·​pi·​on·​ship | \ ˈcham-pē-ən-ˌship How to pronounce championship (audio) \

Kids Definition of championship

1 : the position or title of best or winning player or team in a sport or game of skill The skier was defending her championship.
2 : a contest held to determine the best or winning player or team in a sport or game

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