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From Middle English champioun, from Old French champion, from Medieval 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)
- An ongoing winner in a game or 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
champion (not comparable)
- (attributive) Acting as a champion; that has defeated all one's competitors.
- (attributive) Excellent; beyond compare.
- (predicative, Ireland, Britain, dialectal) Excellent; brilliant; superb; deserving of high praise.
- "That rollercoaster was champion," laughed Vinny.
- (transitive) To promote, advocate, or act as a champion for (a cause, etc.).
- (obsolete, transitive) To challenge.
- “champion” in John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors, The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1989, →ISBN.
- 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)
- “champion” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- Alternative form of