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 In the two tournament games at HP Field House, Howard has made 25 of 50 overall from the field, including 14 of 27 on 3-pointers. Don Markus,, "3 takeaways from No. 5 Maryland’s 80-73 victory over Harvard in the semifinals of the Orlando Invitational," 30 Nov. 2019 So Spring not the Deer sophomores stand in Deer Park’s JV way of clinching a berth to the tournament championship game,set for 2 p.m. Saturday. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Spring JV ruins chance at all-Deer Park semifinal showdown in tourney," 29 Nov. 2019 Artis Gilmore: The Dothan product led Jacksonville University to the 1970 NCAA tournament championship game, where the Dolphins lost to the UCLA dynasty 80-69. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Alabama 200: State’s sports history littered with amazing, memorable moments," 27 Nov. 2019 Anne even competed in the 1976 Olympic Games and has won awards from various tournaments over the years. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside Queen Elizabeth's Complicated Relationships With Her Children," 26 Nov. 2019 The winner of the Cincinnati-Bowling Green game will face the victor of the Valparaiso-Nevada contest in the tournament championship game on Monday, Nov. 25 at 8 p.m. ET. Fletcher Page,, "How to watch, listen and stream the Cincinnati Bearcats basketball game vs. Bowling Green," 24 Nov. 2019 The Terror won all four ECAC tournament games by shutout. Carroll County Times Staff,, "Local Roundup (Nov. 24): McDaniel women’s soccer blanks Springfield, takes ECAC tourney title," 24 Nov. 2019 This is the first time the field hockey team has hosted tournament games. Rana L. Cash, The Courier-Journal, "NCAA Tournament weekend in Louisville as Cards to host field hockey, women's soccer games," 15 Nov. 2019 No other men’s basketball coach has won more NCAA tournament games or been to more Sweet 16s, Elite Eights or Final Fours than Calipari during his Kentucky tenure. Jon Hale, USA TODAY, "John Calipari ready to start second decade at Kentucky with challenge of adapting," 4 Nov. 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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The first known use of tournament was in the 13th century

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3 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Tournament.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 5 December 2019.

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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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