Definition of tournament noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʊənəmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʊrnəmənt//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈtɜːnəmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrnəmənt//
    ; BrE BrE//ˈtɔːnəmənt//
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  1. 1(North American English, less frequent tourney) a sports competition involving a number of teams or players who take part in different games and must leave the competition if they lose. The competition continues until there is only the winner left. a golf/squash/tennis, etc. tournament Wordfinderathlete, champion, compete, fixture, match, record, spectator, sport, stadium, tournament
  2. 2a competition in the Middle Ages between soldiers on horseback fighting to show courage and skill a medieval jousting tournament
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (in sense (2)): from Anglo-Norman French variants of Old French torneiement, from torneier ‘take part in a tourney’, based on Latin tornus ‘a turn’.Extra examples Several top teams have agreed to play (in) the tournament. She retired from tournament golf last year. The loser will be out of the tournament. The tournament was played under floodlights. her first tournament win of the season the strongest player in the tournament the tournament professional at the local golf club He has criticized tournament organizers for ticketing problems. I was invited to compete in a charity five-a-side tournament. She finished fifth in the Olympic qualifying tournament. She starts out as favourite to win the opening table tennis tournament of the season. The round-robin tournament saw us win two, lose two and draw one.
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