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 West-Germanic from Latin campus (“a field, a plain, a place of action”).
- (General American, Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃæmpiən/
- (General Australian) IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃæmpjən/
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- Rhymes: -æmpiən
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.
- Barcelona is eligible to play in FIFA Club World Cup as the champion of Europe.
- 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
- (botany) A particularly notable member of a plant species, such as one of great size.
- 1938 November 5, Puritan Cordage Mills, “Take a Lesson from a Lily”, in Elmer C. Hole, editor, American Lumberman, volume 65, number 3138, Chicago, page 55:
- Pictured above is an actual photograph of a Regal Lily that famed all over the world. It's a champion plant—because in one season it produced a total of 89 blooms from one bulb, an amazing record among lilies.
- 2022 February 10, Christopher Doyle, “Stockton professor, students discover largest 'champion tree' in New Jersey”, in The Press of Alantic City, archived from the original on 2022-02-10:
- He [Matthew Olson] was searching for red maple trees to be tapped for syrup as part of the Stockton Maple Project when he came across the new champion tree.
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.
champion (third-person singular simple present champions, present participle championing, simple past and past participle championed)
- (transitive) To promote, advocate, or act as a champion for (a cause, etc.).
- (obsolete, transitive) To challenge.
- John A. Simpson and Edmund S. C. Weiner, editors (1989), “champion”, in The Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, Oxford: Clarendon Press, →ISBN.
- “champion”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “champion”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.
- champion at OneLook Dictionary Search
Inherited from Old French champion, from Medieval Latin or Late Latin campiōnem, campiōnem (“champion, fighter”), from Frankish *kampijō, from Proto-Germanic *kampijô, based on Latin campus (“level ground”).
champion m (plural champions, feminine championne)
- “champion”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- Alternative form of champioun