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tourney

[too r-nee, tur-]
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noun, plural tour·neys.
  1. a tournament.
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verb (used without object), tour·neyed, tour·ney·ing.
  1. to contend or engage in a tournament.
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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
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tourney

noun
  1. a knightly tournament
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verb
  1. (intr) to engage in a tourney
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Derived Formstourneyer, noun

Word Origin

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

v.

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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