Origin of challenge

1175–1225; Middle English chalenge < Old French, variant of chalonge < Latin calumnia calumny
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British Dictionary definitions for challenge

challenge

/ (ˈtʃælɪndʒ) /

verb (mainly tr)

noun

Derived Formschallengeable, adjectivechallenger, noun

Word Origin for challenge

C13: from Old French chalenge, from Latin calumnia calumny
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