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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Hetherington says the large scale tournaments are really something. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "A Look Inside the Challenging and Misunderstood Sport of Table Tennis," 9 Jan. 2019 Getty ImagesScott Barbour The Australian Open begins this week, and Serena Williams is getting back into the game after skipping the tournament last year, according to NBC Sports. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Australian Open Favorite Serena Williams Practices in Her Traditional Tutu," 9 Jan. 2019 The women’s basketball team was in the middle of the Atlantic 10 tournament, and was traveling a lot. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Read Andrea Constand's Powerful Impact Statement About Bill Cosby," 25 Sep. 2018 For more information on where and what to eat at the stadium, head over to the tournament's official website. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "Here's the Best Food to Eat at the US Open," 30 Aug. 2018 Apparent gunshots can be heard in recordings from the tournament on the bar’s Twitch account, which was livestreaming the competition. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Facebook is taking action in Myanmar; a deadly eSports shooting in Florida," 27 Aug. 2018 Unbeaten teams: Both teams were unbeaten in the group stage, and France has trailed for only nine minutes in the entire tournament. Graham Dunbar,, "A Youthful France Faces Veteran-Laden Croatia For World Cup," 14 July 2018 Starting this summer, there will be a Farming Simulator league spanning two years and ten tournaments, ending at game-maker Giants own FarmCon in 2020. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's Real Money in Virtual Farming," 23 Jan. 2019 The prestigious pro tennis tournament, also known as the Grand Slam of Asia-Pacific, began on Monday, January 14 at iconic Melbourne Park. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Here’s What You Need to Know About the 2019 Australian Open, Including How to Watch," 16 Jan. 2019

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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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