Definition of tournament in US English:

tournament

noun

  • 1(in a sport or game) a series of contests between a number of competitors, who compete for an overall prize.

    • ‘Can you foresee a time when gaming tournaments rival sports championships in terms of audience interest and ratings?’
    • ‘The two-set victory left May and Walsh as the only team that have not dropped a single game in the tournament.’
    • ‘Activities will include tennis coaching, co-ordination games, multi sport tournaments and lots more.’
    • ‘Some coaches would laugh at team bowling tournaments, at weightlifting competition and the like.’
    • ‘Unlike many of the games in the tournament this one was played without fear by both teams.’
    • ‘The two sides meet at the start of the tournament in a game as important and as big as England's clash with France.’
    • ‘But it was a false dawn because they haven't won a game at the tournament since.’
    • ‘She competed regularly in junior tournaments throughout Ohio and was good enough to play in national events.’
    • ‘South Africa have competed at the last two World Cup tournaments and three African Nations Cup finals.’
    • ‘In 14 World Cup games in five previous tournaments Korea had not won a match.’
    • ‘I like big events and know how to prepare for and focus on big games and tournaments.’
    • ‘These days, you need to take breaks and rejuvenate yourself, because the tournaments are getting more competitive.’
    • ‘At the time, teams competed in both tournaments, and both were equally important.’
    • ‘England beat them in the semi-final in one of the best games of the tournament.’
    • ‘He said all competitions or tournaments that were scheduled to take place this weekend should go ahead as arranged.’
    • ‘In fact, they lost all their games in both tournaments by cricket scores.’
    • ‘In this, the first game of the tournament, the North West take on the Midlands.’
    • ‘The Oklahoma City native competes in bass fishing tournaments and would one day like to do so full time.’
    • ‘The Greeks proved in the European Championships that winning games, and tournaments, needn't be a pretty spectacle now.’
    • ‘Myself and the lads I worked with would all swap shifts and take alternate weekends off, which was great because it allowed me to compete in tournaments.’
    competition, contest, championship, series, meeting, meet, event, match, trial, bout, fixture
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  • 2(in the Middle Ages) a sporting event in which two knights (or two groups of knights) jousted on horseback with blunted weapons, each trying to knock the other off, the winner receiving a prize.

    • ‘Hunting and tournaments, at least for some nobles, began to give way to a lively interest in culture and education.’
    • ‘Warwick Castle has been staging jousting tournaments since the 12 th century, so they really should have the hang of it by now.’
    • ‘So he decides to pretend he's the knight and enter a big old jousting tournament.’
    • ‘Two stimulating papers look at tournaments and trial by battle: courtly violence in the vein of what has been discussed above.’
    • ‘Heraldry originated in medieval warfare and tournaments when it was necessary to identify knights who were completely covered in armour.’
    • ‘What no one could expect was the death, in July, of Henry II of France in an accident at a tournament.’
    • ‘Later the same year Albany was killed by a lance splinter at a tournament in Paris.’
    • ‘It examines chivalric ritual and tournament, much of which took place at Greenwich.’
    • ‘The mêlée tournaments of this period were extremely rough affairs.’
    • ‘Geoffrey was fatally wounded in a tournament in Paris and the baby was born afterwards, in 1187.’
    • ‘During times of peace, the tournament was the setting for displays of military and equestrian skill.’
    • ‘The Black Knight tournament is held twice a year, once in the fall term, and again in the winter term.’
    joust, jousting, tourney, tilt
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Origin

Middle English (in tournament (sense 2)): from Anglo-Norman French variants of Old French torneiement, from torneier ‘take part in a tourney’ (see tourney).

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