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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Clifford led the Sabercats to the 3A state championship with his bat and his arm. Richard Obert, azcentral, "All-Arizona baseball team, POY finalists, Coach of the Year," 8 June 2019 Mahorn coached the Trilogy to a championship in the BIG3's inaugural season, however, the team was broken up after a disappointing 2018. J.l. Kirven, Detroit Free Press, "9 big names who should be at BIG3 basketball league opener in Detroit," 8 June 2019 The Toronto Raptors are one win from the franchise’s first NBA title after defeating the Golden State Warriors 105-92 in Game 4 of the championship series Friday night at Oracle Arena. Los Angeles Times Staff And Wire Reports,, "NBA Finals: Raptors beat Warriors to take 3-1 lead, one win from title," 7 June 2019 Team officials entered the championship series loosely targeting Game 5 for Durant’s return, according to two people briefed on the situation who were not authorized to discuss it publicly. Marc Stein, New York Times, "The Raptors Won Game 4 and Are 1 Win From an N.B.A. Championship," 7 June 2019 This year, Swenson battled through multiple three-set matches to make it to the championship. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "State boys tennis: Mounds View freshman Bjorn Swenson wins Class 2A singles title," 7 June 2019 This sure isn’t 2017, when the Warriors went 18-1 in a relatively carefree ride to the championship. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "NBA Finals: Warriors’ comeback ability faces ultimate test," 7 June 2019 The Tritons reached the NCAA Division II national championship series for the third straight year, an accomplishment shared by just a handful of teams through the years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UC San Diego eliminated from NCAA Division II national championship series with 6-5 loss to Mercyhurst," 6 June 2019 Birmingham-Southern’s first trip to the NCAA Division III championship series ended in defeat., "Birmingham-Southern baseball finishes as national runner-up," 5 June 2019

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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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