[ too r-nee, tur- ]
/ ˈtʊər ni, ˈtɜr- /

noun, plural tour·neys.

a tournament.

verb (used without object), tour·neyed, tour·ney·ing.

to contend or engage in a tournament.

Nearby words

  1. tournament,
  2. tournay,
  3. tournedos,
  4. tourneur,
  5. tourneur, cyril,
  6. tourniquet,
  7. tournois,
  8. tours,
  9. tourtière,
  10. touré

Origin of tourney

1300–50; (v.) Middle English tourneyen < Old French torneier < Vulgar Latin *tornidiāre to wheel, keep turning; (noun) Middle English tourneie < Old French tournei, derivative of tourneier. See turn Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tourney


/ (ˈtʊənɪ, ˈtɔː-) medieval history /


a knightly tournament


(intr) to engage in a tourney
Derived Formstourneyer, noun

Word Origin for tourney

C13: from Old French torneier, from Vulgar Latin tornidiāre (unattested) to turn constantly, from Latin tornāre to turn (in a lathe); see tournament

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Word Origin and History for tourney



c.1300, from Old French tornei (mid-12c.), from torneier "to joust, tilt," literally "turn around," from Vulgar Latin *tornizare, from Latin tornare "to turn" (see turn (v.)). The noun also is attested from c.1300.

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