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

Examples of tourney in a Sentence

Noun progressed to the final round of the tennis tourney
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kansas is back in the tourney, which started as the Old Spice Classic in 2006, for the second time. Chris Hays,, 24 Nov. 2021 Fifth-year senior Halle O’Neill also made the all-tourney team. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 9 Nov. 2021 All 10 Harford schools, and Perryville from Cecil County, will participate in the tourney, which for some begins Thursday with first round play. Randy Mcroberts,, 2 Nov. 2021 Peyton Mast, Riley McCloskey and Kamden Schrand were all-tourney picks. James Weber, The Enquirer, 29 Oct. 2021 Streetsblog has begun its brackets tourney for its Sorriest Bus Stops of 2021. Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2021 The Big Ten didn't add a day of rest during its tourney. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 25 Feb. 2021 So with the two losses this week, Trump has earned the Golden Sombrero of golf-tourney whiffs. Scott Ostler,, 13 Jan. 2021 Coventry entered the postseason tourney in the No. 8 position, and defeated Coginchaug, No. 1 Wolcott, and Griswold to get to the final game. Melanie Savage,, 23 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Lewis came up with a loose ball and passed to Hodge, who hit a 3-point shot with four seconds remaining for USA’s only tourney victory. Mark Inabinett |, al, 27 Nov. 2019

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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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“Tourney.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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