Definition of champion in English:

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champion

Pronunciation: /ˈtʃampɪən/

noun

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.
Synonyms
winner, title-holder, defending champion, gold medallist;
prizewinner, cup winner, victor, conqueror;
Latin victor ludorum
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.
Synonyms
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
2.1 historical A knight who fought in single combat on behalf of the monarch.
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.
Synonyms
knight, man-at-arms, warrior, defender, duellist, paladin, hero

verb

[with object]
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.
Synonyms
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
informal stick up for, throw one's weight behind, plug

adjective

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

Origin

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

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  • 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

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: cham|pion

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