Definition of champion in English:

champion

noun

  • 1A person who has surpassed all rivals in a sporting contest or other competition:

    [as modifier] ‘a champion hurdler’
    • ‘Ironically the man who was a world champion in wood chopping, loved trees.’
    • ‘The competition ensured that the champion was decided only in the last round of the league.’
    • ‘Once all four competitions have been completed, an average of each unit's scores over the entire competition will determine the champion.’
    • ‘But she has defied the odds to become a sporting champion in karate, swimming and running.’
    • ‘Gargrave were crowned Craven Football League champions after a thrilling match against their nearest rivals, Embsay.’
    • ‘They are the pair competition champions after beating Wragg and Nick Brown.’
    • ‘Good days seem to be ahead for the one time football champion.’
    • ‘This was once a brief competition in which the champions of each European country played each other to find a winner.’
    • ‘Hingis, then aged only nine but already tipped as a future champion, won that contest as well against the older Italian.’
    • ‘A past champion when this contest was held at the now-defunct Upper Level Club, Alicia Wellington was the first up and set a high standard for the competition.’
    • ‘The accidental champion: injuries to rivals, good fortune and, yes, a little planning helped the Spurs win a championship ahead of schedule.’
    • ‘During the '90s, he saw little competition as the heavyweight champion in the group fitness ring.’
    • ‘Britain's recent dearth of sporting champions has also been blamed on schemes that oppose competitiveness.’
    • ‘He didn't tell his mates at school about all his medical problems and he didn't mention that against all the odds, he was a sporting champion.’
    • ‘Surely, though, the question here is not whether these once great champions can return to competition but why on earth they would want to?’
    • ‘Property incentives have already persuaded British sporting champions to holiday and train in Dubai.’
    • ‘Reality television stars made a scene with sporting champions from a Prep School on Monday.’
    • ‘Bradford based Campion Reserves could be crowned champions of that particular competition if they take at least a point from their next game.’
    • ‘What we need is a gladiatorial contest between the representative champions of each political party.’
    • ‘He said that the Sport's Court decision was not fair and had been made in favour of his rivals for the champion's title.’
    winner, title-holder, defending champion, gold medallist
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  • 2A person who vigorously supports or defends a person or cause:

    ‘he became the determined champion of a free press’
    • ‘During the Peloponnesian War, Athens, the champion of democracies, of course supported the democrats throughout Greece whenever it could.’
    • ‘In addition to the classical standards, Julian is a great champion of modern music and shortly begins recording on a new composition by Philip Glass.’
    • ‘He is also a strong supporter of devolving power to the regions and is a champion of the campaign to create a directly elected Yorkshire mini-parliament.’
    • ‘Mrs Smith, a long-term champion of animal rights, said she had been frustrated by the House of Lords which had repeatedly wrecked the Government's decision to ban fox hunting.’
    • ‘Although Munir never claimed that his efforts were intended to protect women's rights, many women activists viewed the slain campaigner as a champion of women's rights.’
    • ‘It needs to recognise that, all too often, it poses as a champion of democracy while supporting regimes which have no proper respect for democracy.’
    • ‘Candidate A is running on a platform that he protects the environment and is a champion of a woman's right to choose.’
    • ‘She once worked for a Democratic party congressman, and is a champion of progressive causes including the advancement of women in business.’
    • ‘She then transforms into a champion of animal rights just so that her little Taco Bell doggie ‘Bruiser’ can have his birth mother attend her wedding.’
    • ‘Well, the Prime Minister's always very fair about these matters, and he is a great champion of the democratic system of government.’
    • ‘A champion of privatization, he's been holding closed-door meetings with moderate Democrats in the hopes of forging a compromise.’
    • ‘On the campaign trail, he proclaimed himself a champion of Italy's private sector.’
    • ‘Thus, he cannot present himself as a champion of democracy and at the same time adhere to the position of those who dismiss it.’
    • ‘He became the champion of ethnic Albanian separatism.’
    • ‘Whether Michael or Michelle, she has always been a strong liberal supporter and champion of women's causes.’
    • ‘This is particularly so since he is now putting himself forward as a candidate for national office as the champion of the progressive wing of the Democratic party.’
    • ‘Although he is a registered Democrat, he has close ties with conservative Republicans, and has become something of a champion of their Cold War views.’
    • ‘Only then did California become a champion of environmental protection.’
    • ‘A native of North Carolina, Gray is one of the pre-eminent lawyers here in Washington, and a tireless champion of conservative causes.’
    • ‘Of course, in Texas, being a champion of the environment has never been a guarantee of political success.’
    advocate, proponent, promoter, proposer, supporter, standard-bearer, torch-bearer, defender, protector, upholder, backer, exponent, patron, sponsor, prime mover
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    1. 2.1historical A knight who fought in single combat on behalf of the monarch.
      • ‘Tensions are running high as William seeks to prove himself a champion and a true knight once and for all.’
      • ‘Despite the occasional champion who amassed riches, most fighters came from extremely poor families, and they remained poor.’
      • ‘She had never so much as read about medieval knights, and now she had to fight like a champion.’
      • ‘The River Knights watched intensely as one of their own, their champion, Christopher Knight fought John Pavin, their evil nemesis.’
      • ‘These were complemented by the Norman practice of Trial by Battle, in which the judgement of God was determined not by the speed it took you to heal from the Ordeal, but by the success of your champion in battle.’
      knight, man-at-arms, warrior, defender, duellist, paladin, hero
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Vigorously support or defend the cause of:

    ‘he championed the rights of the working class and the poor’
    • ‘The Labour Party historically has also championed human rights.’
    • ‘He also championed an initiative to increase college enrollment of Georgia's Black men.’
    • ‘Doubtless he will now spend his retirement wafting between his various properties and reflecting how championing the poor can enrich your life.’
    • ‘Founded in 1968, the museum has always championed the work of Black artists.’
    • ‘Supporters of the draft are using it to promote indirectly politics we should champion openly and up front.’
    • ‘You would think that she would be championing gay rights more fervently.’
    • ‘I found a number of sites championing approaches to healthy eating based on regulating minerals and trace elements which appealed to me.’
    • ‘The act of censorship turned the film into a cause célèbre, with Warren Beatty, among others, championing it.’
    • ‘The club has championed a campaign to host a new tournament on the lucrative European Seniors' Tour programme next year.’
    • ‘He used both his position and his power to promote social change, and always championed the underdog.’
    • ‘Kerr went further by championing women in the clergy.’
    • ‘Even some of those who have aggressively championed the marriage campaign fear they have made dubious bedfellows.’
    • ‘The Lord Mayor is also championing the uniformed organisations, such as Scouts and Guides.’
    • ‘With its gallery journal, lectures and classes, SF Camerawork has consistently championed innovations in photography.’
    • ‘He identified with the oppressed and exploited everywhere and championed their struggles for emancipation.’
    • ‘Volunteers descended on Brentford's river banks at the weekend to take part in a clean up campaign championed by locals.’
    • ‘Sometimes other people happen to be championing the artist at the same time, and lo and behold, they get national radio play.’
    • ‘One of the candidates has shown a commitment to progressive politics and championing civil rights issues.’
    • ‘But Michael, you have betrayed those whose cause you once championed.’
    • ‘A second approach, championed by Sidney Pollard, is to think of economic change in regional terms.’
    advocate, promote, plead for, hold a torch for, defend, protect, uphold, support, back, espouse, ally oneself with, stand behind, stand up for, take someone's part, campaign for, lobby for, fight for, battle for, crusade for, take up the cudgels for
    propose, sponsor, vouch for, second
    stick up for, throw one's weight behind, plug
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adjective

British
informal, dialect
  • Excellent:

    ‘‘Thank ye, lad,’ the farmer said. ‘That's champion.’’
    excellent, wonderful, marvellous, magnificent, superb, splendid, glorious, sublime, lovely, delightful, first-class, first-rate, outstanding
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Origin

Middle English (denoting a fighting man): from Old French, from medieval Latin campio(n-) fighter, from Latin campus (see camp).

Pronunciation:

champion

/ˈtʃampɪən/