Definition of tournament in English:

tournament

Syllabification: tour·na·ment
Pronunciation: /ˈtərnəmənt, ˈto͝or-
 
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noun

  • 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.
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Origin

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

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