tour·​ney | \ ˈtu̇r-nē How to pronounce tourney (audio) , ˈtər- also ˈtȯr- How to pronounce tourney (audio) \
plural tourneys

Definition of tourney

 (Entry 1 of 2)


tourneyed; tourneying

Definition of tourney (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to perform in a tournament

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Examples of tourney in a Sentence


progressed to the final round of the tennis tourney

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The 6-2, 178-pound dual-threat quarterback did, however, lead the Falcons to their first appearance in the 7-on-7 state tourney after winning the starting job vacated by Nick Mayberry this spring. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "High school notebook: Tompkins QB Jalen Milroe shows big potential," 5 July 2018 The 6-3 guard hit a buzzer-beater to lift Alabama past Texas A&M in the SEC tourney before scoring 31 in a quarterfinal win against Auburn. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament: Six dark-horse teams that could stage Final Four runs," 14 Mar. 2018 This set of Wildcats should be feeling great about themselves after rolling through the SEC tourney, and as usual, basically everyone on John Calipari’s team is a prospect on some level. Jeremy Woo,, "The NBA Draft Lover’s Guide to the 2018 NCAA Tournament," 13 Mar. 2018 Even though the four-class tournament was established in 1998 and a generation of players knows nothing but the current setup, a return to the single-class tourney came in third on the list with 56 votes. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "What would you change if you were IHSAA commissioner for a day?," 30 June 2018 The tourney will be held Friday, July 27 at the Blue Heron Pines Golf Club in Egg Harbor City. Sam Carchidi,, "Flyers' top prospects will be on display at development camp beginning Thursday," 26 June 2018 After the sort of long lead-up that can only accompany a once-every-four-years tourney, the World Cup will officially commence next week. Cam Wolf, GQ, "How Nigeria's World Cup Jersey Became a Streetwear Grail," 6 June 2018 This tourney has been part of Wildwood since 1922 and expects its contestants, kids ages 8 to 14, to play in 1,200 games over four days. Lauren Mccutcehon,, "Miss New Jersey, National Marbles Tournament and more things to do Down the Shore," 14 June 2018 Enfield/East Granby/Stafford was the top team in the CCC South, winning the regular-season and conference tourney title. Sean Begin,, "The 2017-18 All-Courant High School Hockey Team," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of tourney


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tourney


Middle English, from Anglo-French torneier, to twist, whirl around, fight, tourney, from tur, tourn turning, circuit

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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