From Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *campio, *campionem ("champion, combatant"; > Middle Latin campio (“combatant in a duel, champion”)), from Frankish *kampijō (“fighter”), from Proto-Germanic *kampijô (“fighter, warrior”), from *kampijaną (“to do battle, fight”), from *kampaz (“field, battlefield, battle”), from Latin campus (“a field, a plain, a place of action”). More at kemp.
champion (plural champions)
- Someone who has been a winner in a contest.
- The defending champion is expected to defeat his challenger.
- Someone who is chosen to represent a group of people in a contest.
- Someone who fights for a cause or status.
- champion of women's suffrage
- Someone who fights on another's behalf.
- champion of the poor
- (attributive) Acting as a champion; that has defeated all one's competitors.
- (attributive) Excellent; beyond compare.
- (predicative) (Ireland, colloquial) Excellent; superb; deserving of high praise.
- "That roller coaster was champion," laughed Vinny.
- Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989
- (usually of a cause) to promote, advocate, or act as a champion for
- champion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- champion in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- champion at OneLook Dictionary Search
champion m (plural champions)