From Middle English champioun, from Old French champion, from Medieval Latin campio (“combatant in a duel, champion”), from Frankish *kampijō (“fighter”), from Proto-West Germanic *kampijō (“combat soldier”), a derivative of Proto-West Germanic *kampijan (“to battle, to campaign”), itself a derivative of Proto-West Germanic *kamp (“battlefield, battle”), ultimately a borrowing in Proto-West-Germanic from Latin campus (“a field, a plain, a place of action”).
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.
- Synonym: paladin
- Emmeline Pankhurst was a champion of women's suffrage.
- 2012, Sue Watling, Jim Rogers, Social Work in a Digital Society (page 34)
- Specific outcomes from this policy included the appointment of a Digital Champion to drive forward the efforts to get more of the excluded to be included.
- Someone who fights on another's behalf.
- champion of the poor
champion (not comparable)
- (attributive) Acting as a champion; having defeated all one's competitors.
- (attributive) Excellent; beyond compare.
- (predicative, Ireland, Britain, dialect) 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.
- John A. Simpson and Edward S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “champion”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.
- champion in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- champion in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- champion at OneLook Dictionary Search
champion m (plural champions)
- “champion” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
- Alternative form of