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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Los Angeles Xtreme quarterback and XFL Player of the Year Tommy Maddox holds the league championship trophy in 2001. Jason Gay, WSJ, "The XFL Goes PG," 6 Dec. 2018 Simone will compete in all four individual event finals at these world championships, beginning with the vault final on Friday. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Wins Record Fourth World All-Around Title," 1 Nov. 2018 Play a round on the 18-hole championship golf course or take advantage of the spa facilities before tucking into some contemporary Californian cuisine at Il Vigneto. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in the U.S.: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards," 9 Oct. 2018 The Australian Open victory meant the first Grand Slam championship for Spears. Glae Thien,, "Abigail Spears’ net worth is still on upswing in tennis," 13 July 2018 League of Legends developer Riot Games opened its annual world championships with a special K-pop augmented reality performance created specifically to promote its new K/DA skins. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "The League of Legends world championship opened with an AR K-pop concert," 5 Nov. 2018 Simone Biles, the five-time Olympic medalist who came forward as a survivor of Nassar’s abuse in January, recently returned to the sport, winning her fifth national championship in August. Jessica Taylor Price, Teen Vogue, "Simone Biles Calls Out USA Gymnastics CEO Mary Bono Over Anti-Nike Tweet," 15 Oct. 2018 The little country with a population smaller than Alabama's has competed in just seven World Cups, and this would be its first championship. Katherine Fominykh,, "World Cup final weekend: how to watch the matchups, plus time and odds," 14 July 2018 Fury Fury will be looking to take back their championship from 2010 which was challenged last time at the 2014 WUCC by Seattle Riot's first-place win. Madeline Mitchell,, "World Ultimate Club Championships: Watch like an expert," 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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