from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that wins first place or first prize in a competition.
- n. One that is clearly superior or has the attributes of a winner: a champion at teaching.
- n. An ardent defender or supporter of a cause or another person: a champion of the homeless.
- n. One who fights; a warrior.
- transitive v. To fight for, defend, or support as a champion: championed the cause of civil rights. See Synonyms at support.
- transitive v. Obsolete To defy or challenge.
- adj. Holding first place or prize: a champion show dog.
- adj. Superior to all others: "the champion playboy of the Western World” ( John Millington Synge).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Someone who has been a winner in a contest.
- n. Someone who is chosen to represent a group of people in a contest.
- adj. Acting as a champion; that has defeated all one's competitors.
- adj. Excellent; beyond compare.
- adj. (Ireland, colloquial) Excellent; superb; deserving of high praise.
- v. to promote, advocate, or act as a champion for
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who engages in any contest; especially one who in ancient times contended in single combat in behalf of another's honor or rights; or one who now acts or speaks in behalf of a person or a cause; a defender; an advocate; a hero.
- n. One who by defeating all rivals, has obtained an acknowledged supremacy in any branch of athletics or game of skill, and is ready to contend with any rival.
- transitive v. To furnish with a champion; to attend or defend as champion; to support or maintain; to protect.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who undertakes to defend any cause; especially, one who engages in combat or contention in behalf of another, or in any representative capacity: as, the champion of an army or of a party; a champion for the truth, or of innocence.
- n. More generally, a hero; a brave warrior.
- n. One who has demonstrated his superiority to all others in some matter decided by public, contest or competition, as prize-fighting, pedestrianism, rowing, plowing, etc.
- First among all competitors or contestants: as, a champion oarsman.
- Hence By extension, of the first rank or highest excellence in any respect; unexcelled.
- To maintain or support by contest or advocacy; act as champion for.
- See champian.
- n. An animal or a plant to which, or to its owner, the first prize has been awarded in any general competition, as at a horse-, cattle-, bench-, or other show, or which has taken a number of prizes.
- n. Some variety of vegetable, fruit, implement, or the like, for which the highest excellence is claimed.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. someone who has won first place in a competition
- n. someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
- n. someone who fights for a cause
- v. protect or fight for as a champion
- n. a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
- adj. holding first place in a contest
Middle English champioun, combatant, athlete, from Old French champion, from Medieval Latin campiō, campiōn-, from Latin campus, field.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin campio ("a champion, combatant in a duel"), from campus ("a battle, duel"), from Latin campus ("a field, a plain, a place of action"). (Wiktionary)