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Definitions for Tournament
ˈtʊər nə mənt, ˈtɜr-tour·na·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tournament, tourneynoun

    a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner

  2. tournamentnoun

    a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize


  1. tournamentnoun

    During the Middle Ages, a series of battles and other contests designed to prepare knights for war.

  2. tournamentnoun

    A series of games; either the same game played many times, or a succession of games related by a single theme; played competitively to determine a single winning team or individual.

  3. Etymology: tornoiement (Modern French tournoiement) from the verb tornoier.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Tournament, Tourneynoun

    Etymology: tournamentum, low Lat.

    They might under the pretence
    Of tilts and tournaments,
    Provide them horse and armour for defence. Daniel.

    For justs, tourneys, and barriers, the glories of them are the chariots, wherein challengers make their entry. Francis Bacon.

    Whence came all those justs, tiltings, and tournaments, so much in use in these parts. William Temple, Miscel.

    He liv’d with all the pomp he cou’d devise,
    At tilts and tournaments obtain’d the prize,
    But found no favour in his lady’s eyes. Dryden.

    The spousals of Hippolita the queen,
    What tilts and tourneys at the feast were seen. Dryden.

    With cruel tournament the squadrons join!
    Where cattle pastur’d late, now scatter’d lies
    With carcasses, and arms, th’ insanguin’d field. John Milton.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tournamentnoun

    a mock fight, or warlike game, formerly in great favor, in which a number of combatants were engaged, as an exhibition of their address and bravery; hence, figuratively, a real battle

  2. Tournamentnoun

    any contest of skill in which there are many contestents for championship; as, a chess tournament


  1. Tournament

    A tournament is a competition involving a relatively large number of competitors, all participating in a sport or game. More specifically, the term may be used in either of two overlapping senses: ⁕One or more competitions held at a single venue and concentrated into a relatively short time interval. ⁕A competition involving multiple matches, each involving a subset of the competitors, with the overall tournament winner determined based on the combined results of these individual matches. These are common in those sports and games where each match must involve a small number of competitors: often precisely two, as in most team sports, racket sports and combat sports, many card games and board games, and many forms of competitive debating. Such tournaments allow large numbers to compete against each other in spite of the restriction on numbers in a single match. These two senses are distinct. All golf tournaments meet the first definition, but while match play tournaments meet the second, stroke play tournaments do not, since there are no distinct matches within the tournament. In contrast, football leagues like the Premier League are tournaments in the second sense, but not the first, having matches spread across many stadia over a period of up to a year. Many tournaments meet both definitions; for example, the Wimbledon tennis championship.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tournament

    tōōr′na-ment, n. a military sport of the Middle Ages in which combatants engaged one another to display their courage and skill in arms: any contest in skill involving a number of competitors and a series of games.—Also Tour′ney. [O. Fr. tournoiement, tornoitorner—L. tornāre, to turn.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. tournament

    A military sport of the Middle Ages, in which combatants engaged one another with the object of exhibiting their courage, prowess, and skill in the use of arms, or for the honor of the ladies attending. According to Ducange, the difference between a tournament and a joust is, that the latter is a single combat, while in the former a troop of combatants encounter each other on either side. But this distinction has not been always observed.

Editors Contribution

  1. Tournamentnoun

    A bracket with 2-64 competitors or teams that is single-elimination.

    I am participating in a tournament.

    Submitted by Gaulbs on October 17, 2022  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Tournament' in Nouns Frequency: #1784

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tournament in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tournament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Tournament in a Sentence

  1. Suzanne Lenglen:

    This is the big tournament in Spain and Rafa (Nadal) is our cbampion.

  2. Serena Williams:

    This is only my second serious tournament back, i worked really, really hard (to get back playing) and it's been a long, arduous road but I always expected to come out and do the best I can do.

  3. Kurt Zouma:

    I want to apologize for my actions, there are no excuses for my behavior, which I sincerely regret. I also want to say how deeply sorry I am to anyone who was upset by the video. I would like to assure everyone that our two cats are perfectly fine and healthy. Five Eritrean soccer players are missing after failing to show up for practice Tuesday amid a tournament in Uganda, officials said.

  4. Gael Monfils:

    I think my rate of service was not very good, i need to serve better if I want to stay in the tournament.

  5. Roger Federer:

    It's a great comeback for me, i'm really happy. I thought it was a good final from my side. I think I played very well throughout the tournament, actually, having not played for a while.

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