[cham-pee-uh n-ship]


the distinction or condition of being a champion: to win a championship.
advocacy or defense: championship of the underdog.
championships, a series of competitions or contests to determine a champion: the tennis championships.

Nearby words

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

Origin of championship

First recorded in 1815–25; champion + -ship

Related formspre·cham·pi·on·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for championship



(sometimes plural) any of various contests held to determine a champion
the title or status of being a champion
support for or defence of a cause, person, etc
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Word Origin and History for championship



1812, "position of a champion," from champion (n.) + -ship. Meaning "competition to determine a champion" is recorded from 1893.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper