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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

Etymologies

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)

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