From Middle English, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *campio, *campionem (“champion, combatant”), 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.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈtʃɑːmpi.ən/, /ˈtʃæmpi.ən/
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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
champion (not comparable)
- (attributive) Acting as a champion; that has defeated all one's competitors.
- (attributive) Excellent; beyond compare.
- (predicative, Ireland, Britain, dialect) Excellent; brilliant; superb; deserving of high praise.
"That roller coaster was champion," laughed Vinny.
- (usually of a cause) To promote, advocate, or act as a champion for.
- J[ohn] A. Simpson and E[dward] S. C. Weiner, editors (1989) The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, ISBN 978-0-19-861186-8.
- 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)