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
Recent Examples on the Web Wethersfield, which depending on how the rest of the Thanksgiving Day games unfold, could be looking at home field advantage in the first round of the tournament. Shawn Mcfarland,, "High school football: Pace scores twice as Wethersfield shuts out Newington 35-0 to clinch playoff spot," 27 Nov. 2019 Five of the tournament’s eight teams come from the eight-team CIC. Anchorage Daily News, "State hockey tournament begins Thursday with West taking on Service," 10 Feb. 2020 CBS Sports' Jerry Palm has the Sun Devils among the first four out of the tournament in his latest projections. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "NCAA Tournament projections: Arizona State basketball among last four teams in bracket," 4 Feb. 2020 Might the muscle issue force him to pull out of the tournament? Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Novak Djokovic defeats Roger Federer to reach record eighth Australian Open final," 30 Jan. 2020 Federer cruised through the first two rounds of this tournament, but only narrowly survived a marathon third-round match against Australian John Millman last Friday. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Roger Federer Has Had a Marathon Australian Open. He Still Needs to Win Two More Matches.," 29 Jan. 2020 This had been the most anticipated battle of the tournament so far. Kurt Streeter, New York Times, "Coco Gauff Defeats Reigning Champion Naomi Osaka at Australian Open," 24 Jan. 2020 The professional tennis player, who will play in the third round of the tournament Thursday, couldn’t help but comment on one of her fellow athlete’s clothing choices on the court earlier this week. Georgia Slater,, "Serena Williams Teases Bulgarian Tennis Player Grigor Dimitrov Over Tracksuit: 'Is That Mine?'," 23 Jan. 2020 Wisconsin will commemorate the 20th anniversary of that tournament run with retro uniforms Feb. 9 against Ohio State. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The Wisconsin Badgers will wear retro uniforms in honor of the 2000 Final Four team," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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12 Feb 2020

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“Tournament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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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