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

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None of this is lost on the U.S. women, who were soundly outplayed by France and fell, 3-1, in a tournament in Le Havre in January. Liz Clarke,, "The US World Cup team’s greatest challenge: rising European powers," 14 June 2019 Thompson also plans to host a golf tournament benefitting the Thompson Family Foundation in Orange County sometime in August, which might overlap with the team’s training camp schedule. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "DeMarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson unlikely to play in 2019 FIBA World Cup," 12 June 2019 At a recent event in New York, second-class treatment proved fodder for nostalgia - even a few jokes - when several members of the 1999 World Cup championship gathered to help promote a women's tournament in Cary, North Carolina. Liz Clarke, Anchorage Daily News, "U.S. women’s soccer team is fighting two battles — for a World Cup title, and for equality," 11 June 2019 The knockout phase becomes a traditional bracket tournament, with single-elimination leading to the quarterfinals, semifinals and final. Lila Bromberg, USA TODAY, "World Cup 2019: Breaking down how the tournament works," 11 June 2019 To honor Fennell, colleagues hosted a golf tournament in his honor last month. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Two retiring Vista teachers reflect on a lifetime in the arts," 9 June 2019 What do electric vehicle charging stations, a Chippo golf tournament and a popcorn machine have in common? Mike Albert,, "Mike Albert associates keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the future," 7 June 2019 With a tournament win, Team USA would become just the second-ever country to win back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles; Germany took the trophy in 2003 and 2007. Sean Gregory, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to Team USA as the 2019 Women's World Cup Gets Underway," 7 June 2019 New this year is a cornhole tournament on Saturday, June 22. Shirley Macfarland,, "The ribs will soon be grilling at City Club’s Rib Burnoff: Strong Points," 6 June 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 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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