tour·na·ment | \ˈtu̇r-nə-mənt also ˈtər- or ˈtȯr- \

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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Even then, France fielded some of the most talented and explosive players in the tournament, including Kylian Mbappé and Paul Pogba. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France, on the Brink of a World Cup Win, Has the Bleus," 13 July 2018 That makes her Ralph Lauren nod even sweeter: Her return to Wimbledon is the first time she's attended the tennis tournament as a royal. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Just Made Their First Solo Appearance Together at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 When Uruguay scored a goal this tournament, cheers erupted from houses across my neighborhood. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Will the World Cup and morning TV end with a Croatian surprise? | Commentary," 14 July 2018 With only 13 players available — and no seniors — due to a travel tournament, Huntley beat Jacobs 5-3 in the semifinals and Hersey 10-3 in the championship game. Paul Johnson, Elgin Courier-News, "Red-hot Huntley: Hunter Rumachik and Red Raiders get on roll to reach Elite Eight of Phil Lawler Summer Classic," 14 July 2018 As a two-time winner of the Naperville Men’s City Championship and the tournament’s record-holder for low score, Glenn Przybylski brought confidence into Saturday’s opening round at Naperbrook Golf Course. Steve Millar, Naperville Sun, "Watch the birdies: Frankfort’s Glenn Przybylski takes first-round lead in Naperville Men’s City Championship," 14 July 2018 Qatari organizers have expressed concern about staging a larger tournament. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "FIFA president: World Cup could expand to 48 teams in 2022, ahead of schedule," 13 July 2018 Regardless, the golf tournament always provides its audience lots of star-gazing and autograph-hunting with pro-am celebrities like Tony Romo, Steph Curry, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Barkley and even Larry the Cable Guy on the tee-off schedule. Mel Shields, sacbee, "Chicago original Peter Cetera brings solo show to Thunder Valley," 13 July 2018 Gus Macker tournaments remain popular across the country. Jamie Samuelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Jamie: Could Big3 basketball league happen in other sports?," 13 July 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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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 \

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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