Definition of champion in English:


Syllabification: cham·pi·on
Pronunciation: /ˈCHampēən


1A person who has defeated or surpassed all rivals in a competition, especially in sports: [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, titleholder, defending champion, gold medalist, titlist, record holder;
prizewinner, victor
informal champ, number one, king
2A person who fights or argues for a cause or on behalf of someone else: a champion of women’s rights
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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.
knight, man-at-arms, warrior


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Support the cause of; defend: priests who championed human rights
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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.
advocate, promote, defend, uphold, support, back, stand up for, take someone's part;
campaign for, lobby for, fight for, crusade for, stick up for


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

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