- 1A person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, especially in sports: [as modifier]: a champion hurdlerMore example sentences
- Britain's recent dearth of sporting champions has also been blamed on schemes that oppose competitiveness.
- The competition ensured that the champion was decided only in the last round of the league.
- What we need is a gladiatorial contest between the representative champions of each political party.
- 2A person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else: a champion of women’s rightsMore example sentences
- It needs to recognise that, all too often, it poses as a champion of democracy while supporting regimes which have no proper respect for democracy.
- Only then did California become a champion of environmental protection.
- He is also a strong supporter of devolving power to the regions and is a champion of the campaign to create a directly elected Yorkshire mini-parliament.
- 2.1 • historical A knight who fought in single combat on behalf of the monarch.More example sentences
- The River Knights watched intensely as one of their own, their champion, Christopher Knight fought John Pavin, their evil nemesis.
- She had never so much as read about medieval knights, and now she had to fight like a champion.
- Despite the occasional champion who amassed riches, most fighters came from extremely poor families, and they remained poor.
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- Support the cause of; defend: priests who championed human rightsMore example sentences
- The club has championed a campaign to host a new tournament on the lucrative European Seniors' Tour programme next year.
- Volunteers descended on Brentford's river banks at the weekend to take part in a clean up campaign championed by locals.
- He identified with the oppressed and exploited everywhere and championed their struggles for emancipation.
Middle English (denoting a fighting man): from Old French, from medieval Latin campio(n-) 'fighter', from Latin campus (see camp1).