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 16-team playoff follows in April, culminating with a mid-May national championship game in Frisco, Texas. Paul Newberry, ajc, "Column: Are you ready for some (more) football!," 12 Feb. 2021 Spain Park travels to Vestavia Hills for the area championship game on Saturday. Ben Thomas |, al, "Thursday tourney highlights: Vigor boys oust defending 4A champion Williamson in 2 OTs," 12 Feb. 2021 This season, Bellamy finally broke through in the state championship game with a 41-0 blowout win over Davison. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football's Ron Bellamy knows he must 'take care of home' in recruiting," 11 Feb. 2021 Check out shirts, hats and more merchandise commemorating Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl win over Clemson, as well as gear on the Buckeyes advancing to the College Football Playoff national championship game. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Tennessee reportedly targeting Ohio State linebackers coach Al Washington as defensive coordinator," 7 Feb. 2021 Kansas City reached the big game after defeating the Buffalo Bills 38-24 in the AFC championship game. oregonlive, "Tom Brady, fierce defense power Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a shocking rout over Kansas City in Super Bowl 55," 7 Feb. 2021 Their paths to the championship game have been divergent, though. Barry Wilner, Star Tribune, "Storylines galore as Brady, Mahomes command Super Bowl stage," 6 Feb. 2021 The quarterbacks did not get to the championship game on Sunday by themselves. New York Times, "Super Bowl LV Prediction: Why the Chiefs Will Beat the Buccaneers," 5 Feb. 2021 Then, after the state championship game, Hawaii showed interest. Joseph Hoyt, Dallas News, "For some high school football stars, the gamble of waiting until national signing day paid off," 3 Feb. 2021

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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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18 Feb 2021

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“Championship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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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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