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

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 Day’s last win came in this tournament at Quail Hollow. Ben Nuckol, Baltimore Sun, 5 May 2022 Its charmed run in this tournament was clearly, undoubtedly coming to an end. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 4 May 2022 This isn’t the first time Kansas completely morphed in the second half this tournament, having trailed Miami (Fla.) by six in the first half of the Sweet 16 and then coming back to drub the Hurricanes by 26. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 As such, North Carolina will play as underdogs for the fourth time in this tournament on Monday night. Xl Media, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 There’s no chance humanly possible that Tiger is going to lose this tournament. New York Times, 4 Apr. 2022 The rebounding, especially offensively, from Nelson-Ododa and Edwards has been a huge factor in this tournament, but will be hard to sustain against Boston and the Gamecocks. Lori Riley,, 2 Apr. 2022 Emily Engstler led Louisville with 18 points and nine rebounds as the Cardinals went 1 for 8 from 3-point range and were never able to find a rhythm in the half court against the No. 1 overall seed in this tournament. Dave Campbell, ajc, 2 Apr. 2022 But going into this tournament, Kentucky held a slim lead over Kansas as the all-time winningest college basketball program. J.d. Crowe |, al, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Tournament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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