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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In each of the three classes (Prototype, GTLM, and GTD), there were championships to decide. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Petit Le Mans: More proof we’re in a golden age for sportscar racing," 18 Oct. 2018 He’s delivered three national championships, making him one of the winningest coaches in college football. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Urban Meyer and Ohio State care more about a game than victims of domestic violence," 31 Aug. 2018 Taylor spent four seasons as an assistant with the Stars, who made it to the Calder Cup championship series this past season. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Three significant home stands and important finishing stretch highlight Milwaukee Admirals schedule," 11 July 2018 At UConn, Napier was an integral part of the Huskies’ 2013-14 national championship team that defeated Kentucky. Staff Report,, "Report: Former UConn Star Shabazz Napier Signs With Nets," 14 July 2018 Only a handful of the team Luhnow inherited would make it to the 2017 championship team. Matthew Wilson, USA TODAY, "'Astroball': How the Houston Astros climbed from baseball's basement to champions," 13 July 2018 After her success, Baker is officially part of the United States' U20 world championship team. Deaundra Allen, kansascity, "Olathe North grad earns medal for Team USA at world meet in Finland," 11 July 2018 Scruggs had nine sacks and 57 tackles for the Bombers' 2007 Ohio Division I state championship team. Tom Groeschen,, "Cincinnati Bearcats: Former St. Xavier, NFL player Greg Scruggs joins UC football staff," 10 July 2018 Despite having just five players back from last year's national championship team, Brian is starting to believe that this year's team could make some noise again and reach the World Series. Gary Curreri,, "North Springs Little League Senior Division All-Stars capture state title," 10 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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