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champion

[ cham-pee-uhn ]
/ ˈtʃæm pi ən /
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noun

verb (used with object)

to act as champion of; defend; support: to champion a cause.
Obsolete. to defy.

adjective

first among all contestants or competitors.
Informal. first-rate.

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Origin of champion

1175–1225; Middle English <Old French <Late Latin campiōn- (stem of campiō) <West Germanic *kampiōn-, equivalent to kamp- battle (<Latin campus field, battlefield) + -iōn- noun suffix; compare Old English cempa warrior, etc.

Definition for champion (2 of 2)

Champion
[ cham-pee-uhn ]
/ ˈtʃæm pi ən /

noun

Gow·er [gou-er], /ˈgaʊ ər/, 1921–80, U.S. choreographer.
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British Dictionary definitions for champion

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin campiō, from Latin campus field, battlefield
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