also  ˈtər-,
ˈtȯr- How to pronounce tournament (audio)
: a series of games or contests that make up a single unit of competition (as on a professional golf tour), the championship playoffs of a league or conference, or an invitational event
: a knightly sport of the Middle Ages between mounted combatants armed with blunted lances or swords and divided into two parties contesting for a prize or favor bestowed by the lady of the tournament
: the whole series of knightly sports, jousts, and tilts occurring at one time and place

Examples of tournament in a Sentence

She's an excellent tennis player who has won many tournaments. a golf tournament in which professionals compete against amateurs
Recent Examples on the Web The score was the second in as many games for Morgan, who entered the tournament having gone 363 minutes without an international goal. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2024 As the tournament develops into the latter stages, Milan, Liverpool, Benfica and Bayer are the clear favourites to progress to the quarter-finals. David Ferrini, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 But Messi and Inter Miami will continue their worldwide preseason tour, with their final match in the Riyadh tournament, with hopes to improve before the 2024 MLS season. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 23 Feb. 2024 There will also be a Super Smash Bros. tournament, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon open play and face painting. Brendel Hightower, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 On Saturday, their hard work will pay off when the team takes the ice for the first time at a tournament in Delaware. Michelle Miller, CBS News, 23 Feb. 2024 Though De La Salle hasn’t played a game since losing to San Ramon Valley in the East Bay Athletic League tournament championship 11 days ago, there were no signs of rust. Nathan Canilao, The Mercury News, 22 Feb. 2024 And while the Heat finds itself in play-in tournament territory for the second straight season in eighth place in the East at 28-25, the Celtics stand in first place in the conference at 41-12. Anthony Chiang, Miami Herald, 12 Feb. 2024 This evening will see the culmination of the action as tournament hosts Ivory Coast take on Nigeria in the final. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


Middle English tornement, from Anglo-French turneiement, from turneier

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of tournament was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tournament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


tour·​na·​ment ˈtu̇r-nə-mənt How to pronounce tournament (audio)
 also  ˈtər-,
 or  ˈtȯr-
: a contest of skill and courage between knights wearing armor and fighting with blunted lances or swords
: a contest or series of contests played for a championship

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