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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Examples of championship in a Sentence

The team hasn't won a championship in 30 years. the Yankees have won the championship many times
Recent Examples on the Web The 49ers blew out the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's NFC championship game and the Chiefs dispatched the Tennessee Titans, 35-24, earlier in the day. Sam Fortier, Anchorage Daily News, "Chiefs and 49ers will battle in Super Bowl LIV. Here’s what to know about the game.," 20 Jan. 2020 Fans had so many jokes for Rob Lowe wearing an NFL hat: Lowe really showed up to the NFC championship game looking like an undercover ref. USA TODAY, "With 49ers and Chiefs, Super Bowl LIV provides unique contrast in styles," 20 Jan. 2020 Error 0: Reid, known by many as a playoff choker (14-14 career record), improved to 2-5 all-time in conference championship games Sunday. Ben Volin,, "There’s nothing fluky about this Chiefs-49ers Super Bowl," 20 Jan. 2020 Levi’s hosted a Super Bowl four years ago, and hosted college football’s championship game last year. Scott Ostler,, "Levi’s Stadium, with 49ers vs. Packers, finally ready for its close-up," 19 Jan. 2020 This may have been a preview of the PSL championship game. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit King boys disproving the value of AAU basketball by ... winning," 19 Jan. 2020 Shelby Calhoun had 20 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals to lead the Christian Academy girls basketball team to a 61-55 victory over Mercer County Sunday in the championship game of the Kentucky 2A Championships held in Owensboro. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Christian Academy girls basketball team repeats in Kentucky 2A Championships," 19 Jan. 2020 The warrant was issued Thursday after video posted on social media appeared to show Beckham swatting a security officer's buttocks in LSU's locker room after Monday night's college national championship game in the Superdome. CBS News, "Odell Beckham Jr. arrest warrant rescinded over apparent rear-slapping incident," 18 Jan. 2020 According to the Louisiana Office of Tourism, last week’s championship game was estimated to have an economic impact of more than $150 million. Mike Finger,, "In college football, a solution for a scandal," 18 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of championship

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of championship was in 1791

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23 Jan 2020

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“Championship.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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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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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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