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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NASA-Orange erupted for six runs in its final two at-bats Sunday afternoon, allowing the team to pull away from League City and depositing the squad in the driver’s seat to the tourney title, following a 10-3 triumph at Bay Area Park. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "NASA-Orange, League City, Baytown nab berths to Pony South Zone in Louisiana," 15 July 2019 Construction won’t alter the 2020 AHSAA state basketball tournament, which will still be played in Birmingham, and the tourney should return to Legacy Arena in 2022. Josh Bean |,, "AHSAA searching for 2021 state HS basketball tourney site," 26 June 2019 Releford said of the Jayhawks, who won the Big 12 regular-season for a 14th straight year and the conference tourney title en route to the NCAA Final Four. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Former KU wing Releford not finished playing hoops at age of 28. 'I feel 21.'," 7 June 2018 With the training done, the researchers set a group of FTW players loose in a tourney with human opponents. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Quake III Arena is the latest game to see AI top humans," 30 May 2019 Since his debut on the PGA Tour in 2012, Potter has played 84 tourneys and made the cut in less than half of them, 38. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, "Sunlight, spotlight shine on unheralded Ted Potter Jr.," 10 Feb. 2018 Now, as for the World Junior tourney (with games in Ostrava and Trinec, near the Polish border), Beecher’s performance in Plymouth likely secured him a spot on the 23-man squad that will open play Dec. 26. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Former Bruin Adam Oates adds points — and value — to players’ careers," 10 Aug. 2019 BYU’s Jimmer Fredette was a scoring machine in the tourney nearly a decade ago, and a few years before him, Curry led Davidson to the Elite Eight, here in Detroit in 2008. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "How Detroit Mercy basketball won't let postseason ban hold it back," 23 July 2019 In the district tourney, Figueroa led the offensive charge with 7 hits, 2 home runs, 2 triples, double and 7 RBIs. Gary Curreri,, "North Springs Little League finishes second in state," 19 July 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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