cham·pi·on·ship | \-ˌship \

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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With only 13 players available — and no seniors — due to a travel tournament, Huntley beat Jacobs 5-3 in the semifinals and Hersey 10-3 in the championship game. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "Red-hot Huntley: Hunter Rumachik and Red Raiders get on roll to reach Elite Eight of Phil Lawler Summer Classic," 14 July 2018 And like most of its competitors, the magazine isn’t shying away from picking Alabama and Clemson in another national championship game rematch. Matt Murschel,, "A guide to top college football preview magazines," 13 July 2018 Taylor and Clifford were in the middle of everything for the Wildcats during Thursday’s 12-10, eight-inning loss to Wheaton North in the Glenbard South Regional championship game of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic. Blake Baumgartner, Naperville Sun, "Middle men: Nick Taylor and Nolan Clifford answer call but Neuqua Valley loses in eight innings," 13 July 2018 This is the third time France has reached the World Cup final, winning it all in 1998 and losing to Italy in the 2006 championship game. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "World Cup final predictions: Will France or Croatia lift the trophy?," 13 July 2018 The host Rams were riding high entering Thursday’s regional championship game of the Phil Lawler Summer Classic. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Comeback kids: Marcus Maristela and Kevin O’Brien help Grayslake Central reach regional championship game," 13 July 2018 Johnson scored twice and tied Peerless Price’s BCS championship game record for receiving yards with 199. Ben Ladner,, "The 10 Best National Championship Game Performances of the BCS Era," 13 July 2018 All have either won a state title or coached in a state championship game. Matt Le Cren,, "Welcome to the hall: Naperville Central coach Ed Watson looks back on stellar 26-year career in girls soccer," 13 July 2018 In Saturday’s championship game at Pomerado Elementary School, undefeated Rancho Santa Fe edged out 4S Ranch 6-5 to end its title dreams. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "Poway comes close to Little League district title," 12 July 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 \

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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