- a trial of skill in some game, in which competitors play a series of contests: a chess tournament.
- a meeting for contests in a variety of sports, as between teams of different nations.
- a contest or martial sport in which two opposing parties of mounted and armored combatants fought for a prize, with blunted weapons and in accordance with certain rules.
- a meeting at an appointed time and place for the performance of knightly exercises and sports.
Origin of tournament
Examples from the Web for tournament
Collins said that most of her knowledge is from “here and there,” so there was no need to cram before the tournament.
The tournament itself is like the second season of a reality show.
Interestingly Germany began this tournament trying to play Barcelona style with a plethora of midfielders.Enjoy Argentina’s Lionel Messi While You Can
July 13, 2014
He seemed miffed, after the game, to be adjudged the best player of the tournament.Germany Wins, World Cup Justice Is Served
July 13, 2014
Early on in the tournament, hardcore Argentina fans spoofed the Argentina roster listing Pope Francis as a team member.Pope Francis v. Pope Benedict: Who Will God Favor In World Cup Final?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 10, 2014
The regulations and laws of the tournament were very minute.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
You must enter the tournament—Mother, did you remember about the cup and the—you know?The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
There was almost a tournament of rivalry in describing sufferings.In a Little Town
The first tournament is treated in the poem of Luca Pulci, ed.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
It may be as well to explain the difference between a tournament and a joust.Chatterbox, 1905.
- a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to determine an overall winner
- a meeting for athletic or other sporting contestantsan archery tournament
- medieval history
- (originally) a martial sport or contest in which mounted combatants fought for a prize
- (later) a meeting for knightly sports and exercises
Word Origin and History for tournament
c.1300, "medieval martial arts contest," from Old French torneiement "contest between groups of knights on horseback" (mid-12c.), from torneier "to joust, tilt" (see tourney). Modern use, in reference to games of skill, is recorded from 1761.