tournament


tournament
tournament c.1300, "medieval martial arts contest," from O.Fr. torneiement "contest between groups of knights on horseback" (mid-12c.), from torneier "to joust, tilt" (see TOURNEY (Cf. tourney)). Modern use, in ref. to games of skill, is recorded from 1761.

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  • Tournament — Tour na*ment, n. [OE. turnement, tornement, OF. torneiement, tornoiement, F. tournoiement a turning or wheeling round. See {Tourney}.] 1. A mock fight, or warlike game, formerly in great favor, in which a number of combatants were engaged, as an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tournament — index contest (competition) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • tournament — [n] sporting competition clash, contest, duel, event, fight, games, joust, match, meet, meeting, series, sport, test, tilt, tourney; concept 363 …   New thesaurus

  • tournament — ► NOUN 1) a series of contests between a number of competitors, competing for an overall prize. 2) a medieval sporting event in which knights jousted with blunted weapons for a prize. ORIGIN Old French torneiement; related to TOURNEY(Cf.… …   English terms dictionary

  • tournament — [toor′nə mənt, tʉr′nə mənt] n. [ME tournement < OFr torneiement < torneier: see TOURNEY] 1. in the Middle Ages, a) a contest or exercise in which two parties of mounted knights in the field together tried to unseat each other as with… …   English World dictionary

  • Tournament — For other uses, see Tournament (disambiguation). A tournament is a competition involving a relatively large number of competitors, all participating in a sport or game. More specifically, the term may be used in either of two overlapping senses:… …   Wikipedia

  • tournament — /toor neuh meuhnt, terr /, n. 1. a trial of skill in some game, in which competitors play a series of contests: a chess tournament. 2. a meeting for contests in a variety of sports, as between teams of different nations. 3. Hist. a. a contest or… …   Universalium

  • tournament — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ basketball, chess, golf, poker, tennis, etc. ▪ qualifying, ranking, World Cup ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • tournament — 01. My son s hockey team came in second in the [tournament] last weekend. 02. Our company holds a just for fun tennis [tournament] every summer. 03. Tiger Williams has won practically every major golf [tournament] he has entered this year. 04.… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • Tournament — The broad term describing a whole range of martial activities from the hastilude, pas d’armes, round table, pageant, emprise, and a host of others. The tournament began as a training for war, and was gradually more regulated and specialized.… …   Medieval glossary