Definition of tournament in English:

tournament

Line breaks: tour¦na|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈtʊənəm(ə)nt
 
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noun

1(In a sport or game) a series of contests between a number of competitors, competing for an overall prize.
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  • Can you foresee a time when gaming tournaments rival sports championships in terms of audience interest and ratings?
  • Activities will include tennis coaching, co-ordination games, multi sport tournaments and lots more.
  • In 14 World Cup games in five previous tournaments Korea had not won a match.
Synonyms
competition, contest, championship, series, meeting, meet, event, match, trial, bout, fixture; Britishclash
2(In the Middle Ages) a sporting event in which two knights (or two groups of knights) jousted on horseback with blunted weapons, each trying to knock the other off, the winner receiving a prize.
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  • Heraldry originated in medieval warfare and tournaments when it was necessary to identify knights who were completely covered in armour.
  • It examines chivalric ritual and tournament, much of which took place at Greenwich.
  • The Black Knight tournament is held twice a year, once in the fall term, and again in the winter term.
Synonyms
2.1A modern event involving display of military techniques and exercises: the Royal Tournament

Origin

Middle English (in sense 2): from Anglo-Norman French variants of Old French torneiement, from torneier 'take part in a tourney' (see tourney).

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