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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Even as the real-life drama of leading lady and controversial choreographer Abby Lee Miller unfolds in the media, the show is attempting to return to its former dance championship-level glory. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Everything We Know About ‘Dance Moms’ Season 8 So Far," 8 May 2019 No wonder, then, that football uniquely names its championship trophy after a coach, Vince Lombardi. Steve Rosenbush, WSJ, "What Your CEO Is Reading: Who Is the True Leader of the NFL Franchise?," 26 Apr. 2019 The gratitude to Blankfein’s championship radiated throughout the room. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Lena Waithe and Don Lemon Are Honored at the Center’s Annual Dinner," 19 Apr. 2019 In fact, Minkoff, who returned here from Minnesota in 2015, was flown to St. Paul by the Whitecaps — a first-year NWHL entry — for last month’s Isobel Cup championship. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "NHL franchise in hand, the push to bring women’s professional hockey to Seattle begins in earnest," 16 Apr. 2019 Over the weekend, the duo attended the Bahrain Grand Prix, a Formula 1 championship race. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "People Think Sarah Ferguson and Prince Andrew Are Back Together After She Joined Him on an Official Royal Trip," 1 Apr. 2019 The squad of 12 is on a quest for a third consecutive championship—something the American women have never before achieved. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Basketball Women's National Team Is Currently Vying For Its Third Consecutive World Cup Victory," 24 Sep. 2018 That makes Reed even par for the championship, six shots behind. Fox News, "The Latest: Chris Wood closing in on leaders with hot round," 21 July 2018 Djokovic is bidding for a fourth championship at the All England Club and 13th Grand Slam title overall. Howard Fendrich,, "Novak Djokovic tops Rafael Nadal in 5 sets to reach 5th Wimbledon final," 14 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 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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something valued as if it were money

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