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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Owls go 1-1 at John Carroll Fall Classic: Westminster took down Patterson Mill 3-0 to reach the tourney final, but lost to the hosts 4-1. Carroll County Times Staff,, "Carroll Varsity Roundup (Sept. 14): Westminster volleyball wins Mason-Dixon Invite title," 15 Sep. 2019 The Bruins finished the round-robin tourney with a 1-1-1 record, opening Friday with a win over the Penguins and falling Saturday to the Sabres in regulation., "Patrice Bergeron," 10 Sep. 2019 Tracey earned the third seed in the section individual tourney but had to withdraw before her first match. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Prep girls tennis: players to watch, season storylines," 9 Sep. 2019 Volleyball splits in Louisville tourney ASU volleyball split its matches Friday at the Fleur De Lis tournament in Louisville, Ky. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "ASU soccer beats UC Irvine, improving to 5-0," 6 Sep. 2019 Most notably, Kenin upset Serena in this year's French Open to reach the tourney's fourth round. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Eight American tennis players who have shot at upset in U.S. Open. And they're not Serena.," 22 Aug. 2019 Post Oak then lost to Louisiana and Oklahoma’s state champions at the Southwestern Regional tourney in Waco. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Bay Area’s youth baseball season this summer was an incredible, memorable campaign," 13 Aug. 2019 The Wisconsin State Water Ski Show Championship, billed as the largest water ski show tourney in the world, will be held July 18-21 in Wisconsin Rapids. Phil Marty,, "Get a taste of Italy in Milwaukee, watch champion water skiers and more Midwest events," 1 July 2019 Against Oregon State in the Pac-12 tourney, Gatling scored 15 points while going 4-for-6 overall and 3-for-4 on 3-pointers. Pat Rooney, The Denver Post, "CU Buffs’ Shane Gatling’s offseason focus is smoothing game after up-and-down year," 25 June 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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to fake an opponent out of position

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