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

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Examples of tourney in a Sentence

Noun progressed to the final round of the tennis tourney
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With only two losses and a tie during the regular season, Haddam-Killingworth came up against East Hampton for the semifinal round of the conference tourney. Melanie Savage,, "Haddam-Killingworth beats East Hampton to advance to Shoreline finals in girls’ soccer," 16 Nov. 2020 Earlier this week, Sports Business Daily reported that if that were to happen, the NFL games would go on as scheduled and conclusion of the golf tourney would end on ABC. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Super Sunday: COVID-19 could create collision between The Masters, NFL coverage for CBS," 14 Nov. 2020 The tourney annually crowns the prep school national champion. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, "Gophers freshman Jamal Mashburn Jr. already impressing Richard Pitino," 3 Nov. 2020 The Lancers have been to the state tourney nine times with four championships. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Ohio state high school football playoffs: four Greater Cincinnati teams could win titles," 8 Nov. 2020 Playing a major tourney with zero fans on the course saps some of the electricity from the event, but the locals have done their best to add a human touch — the Knothole Gang peering through the fence along the 12th and 13 holes. Scott Ostler,, "Cool, gray city of golf: Harding Park, SF put on a show for PGA Championship," 8 Aug. 2020 Pikulthong ofinished in third place and had the second best score on day two of the tourney. Koki Riley, The Arizona Republic, "Hamilton overtakes Brophy to win Division I boy's state golf championship," 30 Oct. 2020 Gilkison finished his two-day tourney run with a 1-over par 143, a three-stroke victory over the runner-up. Alex Harrison, The Enquirer, "Springboro's Gilkison wins OHSAA Division I golf state championship," 25 Oct. 2020 The Robinsons had instructed the nannies to compile opposition-research dossiers for the upcoming tourney. Ruth S. Barrett, The Atlantic, "Rich Parents Went All In on Lacrosse. And Squash. And Water Polo.," 17 Oct. 2020 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, "Alabama 200: State’s sports history littered with amazing, memorable moments," 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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28 Nov 2020

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“Tourney.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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