verb (used with object)

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


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

Nearby words

  1. champers,
  2. champertous,
  3. champerty,
  4. champignon,
  5. champigny-sur-marne,
  6. champion of england,
  7. championship,
  8. champlain,
  9. champlain, lake,
  10. champlain, samuel de

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.

Related forms


[cham-pee-uh n]


Gow·er [gou-er] /ˈgaʊ ər/, 1921–80, U.S. choreographer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for champion



  1. a person who has defeated all others in a competitiona chess champion
  2. (as modifier)a champion team
  1. a plant or animal that wins first place in a show, etc
  2. (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

verb (tr)

to support; defendwe champion the cause of liberty

Word Origin for champion

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

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Word Origin and History for champion
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