a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner
a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize
During the Middle Ages, a series of battles and other contests designed to prepare knights for war.
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.
Origin: tornoiement (Modern French tournoiement) from the verb tornoier.
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
any contest of skill in which there are many contestents for championship; as, a chess 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
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, tornoi—torner—L. tornāre, to turn.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'tournament' in Nouns Frequency: #1784
The numerical value of tournament in Chaldean Numerology is: 7
The numerical value of tournament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Examples of tournament in a Sentence
It's special to be in the tournament.
Of course, we'll look after the Euro tournament.
It's been a great tournament for me. I did my best.
Those were huge to get me back into the tournament.
This is the big tournament in Spain and Rafa (Nadal) is our cbampion.
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- torneigCatalan, Valencian
- campeonato, justa, torneoSpanish
- turnajaiset, turnausFinnish
- lovagi torna, tornaHungarian
- 大会, 馬上槍試合, トーナメントJapanese
- 경기 대회, 토너먼트Korean
- toernooi, tornooiDutch
- turneringNorwegian Nynorsk
- турнир, состязаниеRussian
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