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champion Line breaks: cham|pion
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃampɪən/

Definition of champion in English:


1A person who has surpassed all rivals in a sporting contest or other competition: [as modifier]: a champion hurdler
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  • 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.
winner, title-holder, defending champion, gold medallist;
prizewinner, cup winner, victor, conqueror;
informal champ, top dog, number one
2A person who vigorously supports or defends a person or cause: he became the determined champion of a free press
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  • 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.
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  • 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 poor
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  • 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.


British informal or , dialect Back to top  
Excellent: ‘Thank ye, lad,’ the farmer said. ‘That’s champion.’


Middle English (denoting a fighting man): from Old French, from medieval Latin campio(n-) 'fighter', from Latin campus (see camp1).

  • Title-deciding boxing matches are often contested between the challenger and the defending champion, the holder of the title. But, historically, both boxers would have been described as champions, as the word originally meant ‘a fighting man’. It came from medieval Latin campio ‘fighter or gladiator’, from Latin campus ‘a field, place of combat’. See also campaign

Words that rhyme with champion

Campion, Grampian, rampion, tampion
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