tour·​ney | \ˈtu̇r-nē, ˈtər- also ˈtȯr- \
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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Viewership peaked in the last half-hour of the tourney, when 12.3 million people were watching, Nielsen said. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Tiger Woods juices ratings for PGA championship," 14 Aug. 2018 Then comes another Grand Slam tourney, the Australian Open, in January. Glae Thien,, "Abigail Spears’ net worth is still on upswing in tennis," 13 July 2018 Kell was the first conference tourney MVP for the Aztecs since Kawhi Leonard in 2010. Bryce Miller,, "It's Trey's time as Kell-led Aztecs fight into NCAA field," 13 Mar. 2018 Scherr, who had 16 points and nine rebounds, was all-tourney with junior Juliet McGregor, who led all scorers with 17. James Weber,, "Ryle Raiders win first 9th Region girls basketball championship," 4 Mar. 2018 Andrew Dakich was a tourney regular during his time at Michigan, and Keita Bates-Diop, Jae'Sean Tate and Kam Williams were freshmen and scored a combined 25 points when the Buckeyes beat VCU and lost to Arizona in the tournament in 2015. Doug Lesmerises,, "It stinks to miss to the NCAA Tournament, and Ohio State appreciates that again: Doug Lesmerises," 3 Dec. 2017 Texas Southern comes into the game after winning its tournament play-in game--its first-ever NCAA tourney win--64-46 over North Carolina Central. Cheryl Wray,, "Xavier vs. Texas Southern NCAA tournament 2018 live stream, score updates, TV, time," 16 Mar. 2018 To make any kind of run in this year's tourney, the Irish will have to do so with a depleted roster -- specifically, seven scholarship players and three walk-ons. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame women's hoops earns seventh consecutive No. 1 seed in NCAA tournament," 12 Mar. 2018 Nowak wins twice Kettle Moraine's Josh Nowak had the misfortune of meeting eventual state champion Beau Yinemanof Neenah in the second round, but Nowak did win one more wrestelback before finishing his state tourney at 2-2. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eric Halverson reaches his goal to cap his career with Pewaukee wrestling," 25 Feb. 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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