Definition of tourney in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʊəni/
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːni/

noun (plural tourneys)

A tournament, especially a medieval joust.
Example sentences
  • In the thunder of the hunt today we hear echoes of the joust, the tourney and the cavalry charge.
  • Comb alternative weeklies for details on festivals and concerts; pick up regional sports publications for the latest on athletic clubs and events like kickball tourneys and 10K's.
  • More than any other sporting event, the tourney serves as a life milestone - the same way certain smells or music always bring back memories of a time and a place or an awkward kiss with a graceful girl.

verb (tourneys, tourneying, tourneyed)

[no object]
Take part in a medieval joust: French knights also tourneyed in England
More example sentences
  • Wherefore, though his hair be grizzled and his face marked with serried lines, he departed not the passage of arms for straight love of tourneying.


Middle English: from Old French tornei (noun), torneier (verb), based on Latin tornus 'a turn'.

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