tournament

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

Definition of tournament

  1. 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

  2. 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

  1. She's an excellent tennis player who has won many tournaments.

  2. a golf tournament in which professionals compete against amateurs

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Origin and Etymology of tournament

Middle English tornement, from Anglo-French turneiement, from turneier

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TOURNAMENT Defined for English Language Learners

tournament

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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

tournament

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noun tour·na·ment \ˈtu̇r-nə-mənt\

Definition of tournament for Students

  1. 1 :  a series of contests played for a championship a golf tournament a chess tournament

  2. 2 :  a contest between knights wearing armor and fighting with blunted lances or swords



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