- a person who has defeated all opponents in a competition or series of competitions, so as to hold first place: the heavyweight boxing champion.
- anything that takes first place in competition: the champion of a cattle show.
- an animal that has won a certain number of points in officially recognized shows: This dog is a champion.
- a person who fights for or defends any person or cause: a champion of the oppressed.
- a fighter or warrior.
- to act as champion of; defend; support: to champion a cause.
- Obsolete. to defy.
- first among all contestants or competitors.
- Informal. first-rate.
Origin of champion
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- Gow·er [gou-er] /ˈgaʊ ər/, 1921–80, U.S. choreographer.
Examples from the Web for champion
We are looking forward to working closely with this champion of liberty.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
December 22, 2014
The 41-year-old claims she met the Olympic champion on Tinder, and they fell in love.Exclusive: Michael Phelps’s Intersex Self-Proclaimed Girlfriend, Taylor Lianne Chandler, Tells All
November 26, 2014
He could be remade into a defender of the environment, a preserver of habitats and champion of rainforest ecology.Can Tarzan of the Apes Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
November 23, 2014
The daughter of an Eritrean refugee, Girma has an impressive resume: In 2013, she was named a White House “Champion of Change.”TEDx Talks Have a Disability Problem—but This Incredible Young Woman Is Working to Change That
November 5, 2014
As Campbell says, “the hero is a champion of things becoming, not of things become.”The Walking Dead’s Luke Skywalker: Rick Grimes Is the Perfect Modern-Day Mythical Hero
October 28, 2014
He has proved himself to be the world's champion of human rights.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
"I hurt my leg and cannot ride," quoth the bishop's champion.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He was leaning forward in his eagerness; he looked so zealous to be my champion—so honest!The Bacillus of Beauty
I am too busy backing the Monmouth rooster for the champion stakes.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
There is a gleam of hope; and the girl, as she looks at her champion, loves him.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
- a person who has defeated all others in a competitiona chess champion
- (as modifier)a champion team
- a plant or animal that wins first place in a show, etc
- (as modifier)a champion marrow
- a person who defends a person or causechampion of the underprivileged
- (formerly) a warrior or knight who did battle for another, esp a king or queen, to defend their rights or honour
- Northern English dialect first rate; excellent
- Northern English dialect very well; excellently
- to support; defendwe champion the cause of liberty
Word Origin and History for champion
early 13c., "doughty fighting man, valorous combatant," also (c.1300) "one who fights on behalf of another or others," from Old French champion "combatant, champion in single combat" (12c.), from Late Latin campionem (nominative campio) "gladiator, fighter, combatant in the field," from Latin campus "field (of combat);" see campus. Had been borrowed earlier by Old English as cempa. Sports sense in reference to "first-place performer in some field" is recorded from 1730.
"to fight for, defend, protect," 1820 (Scott) in a literal sense, from champion (n.). Figurative use by 1830. Earlier it meant "to challenge" (c.1600). Related: Championed; championing.