Definition of tourney in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈtʊəni/

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'.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.