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 The pandemic forced the cancellation of both state basketball tournaments and the entire spring sports schedule. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "What to know about Thursday's KHSAA Board of Control meeting and how to watch live," 27 May 2020 This is another significant concern for colleges already dealing with significant financial losses from the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Opinion: Examining the hurdles before college football can return in fall," 20 May 2020 The boys basketball tournament in 2021 will be held at St. John Arena in Columbus from March 18-20. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "OHSAA moves girls basketball state tournament to University of Dayton for the next three years," 12 May 2020 The end of the March 12 morning practice coincided almost exactly with the cancelation of the AAC basketball tournament. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "SMU coach Sonny Dykes breaks down how program has handled coronavirus crisis, thoughts on football season," 10 May 2020 Bryant was killed along with eight others, including his teenage daughter, when a helicopter taking them to a youth basketball tournament crashed in the hills of Calabasas on Jan. 26. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "Photos taken at Kobe Bryant crash site should be against the law, California lawmaker says," 5 May 2020 The league called off its men’s and women’s postseason basketball tournaments on March 12 after opening-round games. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "Conference USA considering shifting football media days to virtual format," 4 May 2020 Lori Robertson began with the company in 1992 and worked on the company’s inaugural SEC basketball tournament and football championship game events. William Thornton |, al, "Colonnade Group names new CEO," 6 Apr. 2020 That includes the Tokyo Olympics — which have been pushed back 12 months —( and the NCAA men's and women's college basketball tournaments. Howard Fendrich, Houston Chronicle, "Wimbledon canceled for 1st time since WWII because of coronavirus," 1 Apr. 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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3 Jun 2020

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“Tournament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 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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