- 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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Examples from the Web for championed
While King has shepherded The Good Wife, Commander in Chief was championed by ABC executive Anne Sweeney.Will There Ever Be a ‘Good Wife’ Effect on Politics?
October 20, 2014
She has championed women in countries where they are oppressed through Vital Voices.Women in the World Texas Sneak Peek
October 20, 2014
By doing so, we will also achieve what Du Bois championed: practical idealism based in lifelong learning.College Must Be More Than Just a Classy Trade School
Michael S. Roth
August 30, 2014
Other feminist sites have championed objectifying men in tit-for-tat fashion as empowering women.Full Frontal Disney: Feminism's Nudity Double Standard
August 20, 2014
And there was a time, prior to the one-two punch of Catwoman and Elektra, when superhero films were championed minority heroes.Fear of a Minority Superhero: Marvel's Obsession with White Guys Saving the World
August 7, 2014
All the bills introduced or championed by Dr. Cannon became laws.
In England the theory was championed particularly by Richard Owen.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
He was not long in this country before he championed the cause of the slave.
She has disobeyed me, flaunted me, nursed me in illness, championed me behind my back.The Crossing
Who was this young woman who championed so warmly his own son?The Third Degree
Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
- 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 championed
"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.
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.