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 six were in a seven-team district with Alvarado last year, but Alvarado, which won the district championship, moved into District 2-4A Div. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Analysis: 5 takeaways from UIL’s 2020-2022 realignment, from Allen-Plano ISD split to some relief for DISD teams," 3 Feb. 2020 The world indoor track and field championship, which was set to be held in Nanjing, was postponed until 2021. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Esports' Overwatch League cancels first homestands of 2020 season in China due to coronavirus," 1 Feb. 2020 The junior won the 50 and 100 freestyle in the Eastern Cincinnati Conference championship Jan. 23-25, helping Kings to a first-place team finish. Melanie Laughman,, "Enquirer names Greater Cincinnati winter high school athletes of the week, Jan. 31," 31 Jan. 2020 The championship game of the National Football League is the biggest entertainment event in the United States each year. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "How the Super Bowl became an unrivaled US cultural phenomenon," 31 Jan. 2020 The event runs concurrent with the European championships, meaning powerhouses such as the Netherlands and Norway will not participate, but 44 men and 31 women are scheduled to compete, representing nine countries. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For two Olympians, this weekend in Milwaukee is a chance to get on track toward their speedskating dreams," 30 Jan. 2020 Some will likely compete at the UIL Class 5A state championships, Feb. 14-15 in Austin. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Paetow swimming finishes as district runner-up," 30 Jan. 2020 The school has won four Division II national championships, all between 2002 and 2006. NBC News, "Assistant football coach in Michigan resigns over pro-Hitler comment," 28 Jan. 2020 Bryant starred for 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, who call Staples Center home, and won five NBA championships with the team. Kimberly Nordyke, The Hollywood Reporter, "Southern California Radio Stations to Pay Tribute to Kobe Bryant With Moment of Silence," 27 Jan. 2020

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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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6 Feb 2020

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“Championship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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