tour·​na·​ment | \ ˈtu̇r-nə-mənt also ˈtər- or ˈtȯr- How to pronounce tournament (audio) \

Definition of tournament

1 : 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
2a : 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
b : the whole series of knightly sports, jousts, and tilts occurring at one time and place

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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

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And Williams will also be competing in the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament which starts on January 14. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Venus Williams on Balancing Design and Tennis," 15 Jan. 2019 Later in the same week, Obama accompanied fellow ex-presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton at the kick-off of the Presidents Cup golf tournament at the Liberty National Golf Club in New Jersey. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's What Barack Obama Is Doing Now," 16 July 2018 This means that simply reaching the final helps to make up for prior missed opportunities in major tournaments. Hayden Bird,, "What to know about the World Cup title match," 14 July 2018 More than 1,200 three-person teams are entered across nine divisions in the softball tournament renowned for its raunchy team names. Don Norcross,, "San Diego couple puts it all on the line for Over-The-Line," 13 July 2018 Encinitas National, which went undefeated at 4-0 in the tournament, advances to the Sectional Tournament at Cabrillo Heights Park. Terry Monahan, Pomerado News, "Poway comes close to Little League district title," 12 July 2018 With the victory, Burbank is the new District 16 champion and will move on to the Section 2 tournament. Nathan Cambridge,, "Burbank 8-10 All-Stars fend off Crescenta Valley again for D16 title," 12 July 2018 The Kings lost 96-84 to the Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday at Thomas & Mack Center and were eliminated from the summer league tournament. Jason Jones, sacbee, "Harry Giles ejected from Kings’ summer league game. He has three technicals in two days," 11 July 2018 This year, one of those tragedies took place at a Madden tournament in Florida. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Talk amongst yourselves: 2018’s most-commented stories on Ars," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of tournament

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

History and Etymology for tournament

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

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

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English Language Learners Definition of tournament

: a sports competition or series of contests that involves many players or teams and that usually continues for at least several days
: a contest of skill and courage between soldiers or knights in the Middle Ages


tour·​na·​ment | \ ˈtu̇r-nə-mənt How to pronounce tournament (audio) \

Kids Definition of tournament

1 : a series of contests played for a championship a golf tournament a chess tournament
2 : a contest between knights wearing armor and fighting with blunted lances or swords

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