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[cham-pee-uh n-ship]
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  1. the distinction or condition of being a champion: to win a championship.
  2. advocacy or defense: championship of the underdog.
  3. championships, a series of competitions or contests to determine a champion: the tennis championships.
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Origin of championship

First recorded in 1815–25; champion + -ship
Related formspre·cham·pi·on·ship, noun
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Related Words for championship

tournament, crown, showdown, elimination

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British Dictionary definitions for championship


  1. (sometimes plural) any of various contests held to determine a champion
  2. the title or status of being a champion
  3. 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.

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