What does champion mean?

Definitions for champion
ˈtʃæm pi əncham·pi·on

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word champion.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. champion, champ, title-holdernoun

    someone who has won first place in a competition

  2. champion, fighter, hero, paladinnoun

    someone who fights for a cause

  3. supporter, protagonist, champion, admirer, booster, friendnoun

    a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

    "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"

  4. ace, adept, champion, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wizadjective

    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

  5. champion, prizewinningverb

    holding first place in a contest

    "a champion show dog"; "a prizewinning wine"

  6. champion, defendverb

    protect or fight for as a champion


  1. championnoun

    Someone who has been a winner in a contest.

  2. championnoun

    Someone who is chosen to represent a group of people in a contest.

  3. championverb

    to promote, advocate, or act as a champion for

  4. championadjective

    Acting as a champion; that has defeated all one's competitors.

  5. championadjective

    Excellent; beyond compare.

  6. championadjective

    (predicative) (Ireland, colloquial) Excellent; superb; deserving of high praise.

    "That roller coaster was champion," laughed Vinny.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHAMPIONnoun

    Etymology: champion, Fr. campio, low Lat.

    In many armies, if the matter should be tried by duel between two champions, the victory would go on the one side. Francis Bacon, Coll. of Good and Evil.

    For hot, cold, moist, and dry, four champions fierce,
    Strive here for mast’ry, and to battle bring
    Their embryon atoms. Par. Lost, b. ii. l. 898.

    O light of Trojans, and support of Troy,
    Thy father’s champion, and thy country’s joy! Dryden.

    At length the adverse admirals appear,
    The two bold champions of each country’s right. Dryden.

    A stouter champion never handled sword. William Shakespeare, H. VI.

    This makes you incapable of conviction, and they applaud themselves as zealous champions for truth, when indeed they are contending for errour. John Locke.

  2. To Championverb

    To challenge to the combat.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The seed of Banquo, kings!
    Rather than so, come, fate, into the list,
    And champion me to th’ utterance. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.


  1. Champion

    A champion (from the late Latin campio) is the victor in a challenge, contest or competition. There can be a territorial pyramid of championships, e.g. local, regional / provincial, state, national, continental and world championships, and even further (artificial) divisions at one or more of these levels, as in association football. Their champions can be accordingly styled, e.g. national champion, world champion.


  1. champion

    A champion is a person, animal, team, or entity that has won a competition or contest in a particular activity, often sports, due to their superior skill, ability, or performance. It can also refer to someone who vigorously supports, defends, or fights for a cause, belief, or another person.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Championverb

    to furnish with a champion; to attend or defend as champion; to support or maintain; to protect


  1. Champion

    A champion is the victor in a challenge, contest or competition. There can be a territorial pyramid of championships, e.g. local, regional / provincial, state, national, continental and world championships, and even further divisions at one or more of these levels, as in soccer. Their champions can be accordingly styled, e.g. national champion, world champion. In certain disciplines, there are specific titles for champions, either descriptive, as the baspehlivan in Turkish oil wrestling, yokozuna in Japanese sumo wrestling; or copied from real life, such as the koenig and kaiser in traditional archery competitions in the Low Countries. ⁕In a broader sense, nearly any sort of competition can be considered a championship, and the winner of it a champion. Thus, there are championships for many non-sporting competitions such as spelling bees or wargames. In this context, it is used as a noun. An example would be, "Bianca is a CHAMPION". ⁕It is also possible to champion a cause. In an ideological sense, encompassing religion, a champion may be an evangelist, a visionary advocate who clears the field for the triumph of the idea. Or the champion may merely make a strong case for a new corporate division to a resistant board of directors. Such a champion may take on responsibility for publicizing the project and garnering funding. But in this case he or she is beyond a simple promoter. The word is thus used as a verb. An example is, "The fundraiser championed rights for everyone."

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Champion

    cham′pi-un, n. one who fights in single combat for himself or for another: one who defends a cause: a successful combatant: in boxing, running, &c., one who has excelled all others: a hero:—fem. Cham′pioness.—adj. acting as champion, first: first-class.—v.t. (obs.) to challenge: to defend: to support.—n. Cham′pionship. [Fr.,—Low L. campio, campion-em—L. campus, a plain, a place for games.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. champion

    The great champion of England, who at the coronation of the sovereign throws down his gauntlet, and defies all comers. Held at the coronations of George IV., William IV., and Victoria, by a naval officer, a middy in 1821.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Champion is ranked #2058 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Champion surname appeared 17,527 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 would have the surname Champion.

    71.4% or 12,525 total occurrences were White.
    20.1% or 3,533 total occurrences were Black.
    5.4% or 962 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 363 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.4% or 79 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 67 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'champion' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3088

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'champion' in Nouns Frequency: #983

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of champion in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of champion in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of champion in a Sentence

  1. Majlinda Kelmendi:

    We felt so bad but we were motivated to get a good result, and we did it -- Majlinda Kelmendi become double world champion exactly in Russia !

  2. Kate Andersen Brower:

    While her role is mostly symbolic, most modern first ladies have proven they can make real change and have a genuine impact on the policies they choose to champion, i think this upcoming trip to Africa sends a strong message that the US is engaged in the region and helps combat the statements reportedly made by her husband about the continent.

  3. Bob Bowlsby:

    Moving forward, we haven’t had a year in the Big 12 in the playoff era where our champion didn’t finish in a position where it was one of the top-six rated champions, while it’s not automatic, I think our chances of having our champion and perhaps one other in the event are pretty good.

  4. Eddie Pepperell:

    I just figured it was going to be a tap-in, i was kind of relieved I didn't have to face a three-footer in front of all those people, and then obviously when it went in, what can I say, it was pretty awesome. The effort lifted Pepperell to 14-under-par, which at the time looked to have given him a shot at winning but ultimately was only good enough for a share of third two shots behind champion Rory McIlroy. The drama at the 17th was not over yet, however, as Jhonattan Vegas was in the next group to approach the hole. The Venezuelan's tee shot barely cleared the water and his ball stopped, unpromisingly for his birdie chances, some 70 feet from the hole. Undeterred, he banged it home to join Pepperell at 14-under with the longest putt ever made at the hole, according to the PGA Tour.

  5. Tom Foti:

    He was not only a champion of traditional American music, he was also celebrated as a unifying power by promoting a variety of causes, such as civil rights, workers’ rights, social justice, the peace movement and protecting the environment.

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Translations for champion

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  • بطلArabic
  • шампио́н, отличен, защитник, защитавам, поборник, подкрепямBulgarian
  • mistr, šampión, přeborníkCzech
  • hyrwyddwrWelsh
  • mester, forfægte, champion, mesterlig, forsvare, førsteklassesDanish
  • Meister, Gewinner, Sieger, ChampionGerman
  • προασπίζω, πρωταθλητής, υπερασπίζομαι, υπέρμαχος, υπερασπιστήςGreek
  • ĉampionoEsperanto
  • campeónSpanish
  • [[taistella]] [[joku, puolustaa, mestariFinnish
  • meistariFaroese
  • championne, championner, championFrench
  • curadh, seaimpínIrish
  • gaisgeachScottish Gaelic
  • אלופה, אלוףHebrew
  • bajnokHungarian
  • չեմպիոնArmenian
  • juara, pemenangIndonesian
  • campionessa, campioneItalian
  • チャンピオン, 優勝者, 擁護者Japanese
  • បុរសចើងឯក, នារីចើងឯកKhmer
  • ಚಾಂಪಿಯನ್Kannada
  • 챔피언Korean
  • propugnator, propugnatrix, praeses, adversaria, adversariusLatin
  • papatūMāori
  • eerste klasse, meesterlijk, voorvechter, voorvechten, kampioenDutch
  • championNorwegian
  • اتله, اتلPashto, Pushto
  • campeãoPortuguese
  • campion, campioanăRomanian
  • защи́тница, защища́ть, защи́тник, победи́тельница, чемпио́н, побо́рник, отста́ивать, побо́рница, чемпио́нка, победи́тельRussian
  • zagovornik, pobornik, pobednik, prvakSerbo-Croatian
  • majster, šampión, preborníkSlovak
  • prvakSlovene
  • kampionAlbanian
  • mästare, vinnare, kämpa förSwedish
  • bingwaSwahili
  • şampiyonTurkish
  • چیمپیئنUrdu
  • quán quânVietnamese
  • מײַסטערYiddish
  • 冠軍Chinese

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