- 1A person who has surpassed all rivals in a sporting contest or other competition: [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 vigorously supports or defends a person or cause: he became the determined champion of a free pressMore example sentences
advocate, proponent, promoter, proposer, supporter, standard-bearer, torch-bearer, defender, protector, upholder, backer, exponent, patron, sponsor, prime mover; pleader for, campaigner for, propagandist for, lobbyist for, fighter for, battler for, crusader for, apologist for; apostle, evangelist, missionary; North American booster• informal plugger
- 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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- Vigorously support or defend the cause of: he championed the rights of the working class and the poorMore example sentences
advocate, promote, plead for, hold a torch for, defend, protect, uphold, support, back, espouse, ally oneself with, stand behind, stand up for, take someone's part, campaign for, lobby for, fight for, battle for, crusade for, take up the cudgels for; propose, sponsor, vouch for, second
- 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.
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Middle English (denoting a fighting man): from Old French, from medieval Latin campio(n-) 'fighter', from Latin campus (see camp1).