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 tournamentb : 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 of tournament from the Web
Hardy also scored the Sun Belt tournament's winning run, trotting home from third when Brendan Donovan lined a one-out single to deep left field in the bottom of the 10th inning in a 7-6 victory against Georgia Southern on Sunday.
Kansas, which finished with a 31-5 record last season, has advanced to the NCAA tournament Elite Eight in each of the past two years.
Facing Gray and Trimpe in the title match, the tournament's No. 1 doubles seed, Hamilton and Buhelos had to play their best.
Thanks to a strong finish to their season, the Hurricanes' chances have improved, yet when the selection committee announces who is in this year's field of 64 Monday at noon (ESPN2), Miami could still find itself on the outside of the tournament.
The 30-year-old Nadal, who retired last year before his third round match with a wrist injury, has a 72-2 record at the clay-court major and is the only player with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament.
A sign for one sponsor — Telos Corp., a cybersecurity contractor that does millions of dollars in business with the government — was placed at the first tee in April, weeks before the tournament began.
SDSU is bidding to win the tournament title for the fourth time in five years.
The French Open, the second Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year, begins on Sunday in Paris.
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Origin and Etymology of tournament
Middle English tornement, from Anglo-French turneiement, from turneier
First Known Use: 13th century
TOURNAMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of tournament for English Language Learners
: 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
TOURNAMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of tournament for Students
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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