- 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 championing
Ironically, as pope, his championing of the poor has given Liberation Theology a new lease on life.How Pope Francis Became the World’s BFF
December 21, 2014
Daniels says, championing the plight of an ethical news producer.‘Newsroom’ Premiere: Aaron Sorkin Puts CNN on Blast Over the Boston Bombing
November 10, 2014
Obama started off well, championing service repeatedly during the 2008 campaign.It’s Time for Obama to Heed McChrystal’s Call for the ‘Service Year’
June 23, 2014
They have done a bad job of championing middle-class interests.Encouraging Signs at National Review
November 27, 2012
Which is not to suggest that Republicans make a habit of championing huge, unpaid-for government programs.How to Close the Empathy Gap
November 25, 2012
Isobel had never forgiven him for championing Jerry the night of the debate.Highacres
She was championing his ideas as if they had been her own cherished plans.El Diablo
He knew how I had suffered in the press for championing his cause.Wagner as I Knew Him
Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
Youre only another victim of the morals you were championing just now.Three Plays by Brieux
I must run downstairs and thank her for championing our cause.Grace Harlowe's Second Year at Overton College
Jessie Graham Flower
- 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 championing
"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.