- in the Middle Ages,
- a contest or exercise in which two parties of mounted knights in the field together tried to unseat each other as with blunted lances
- a series of such tournaments, jousts, etc. presented as an entertainment
- a series of contests in some sport or game, as basketball or chess, in which a number of people or teams take part, trying to win the championship
Origin of tournamentMiddle English tournement ; from Old French torneiement ; from torneier: see tourney
- A series of contests in which a number of contestants compete and the one that prevails through the final round or that finishes with the best record is declared the winner.
- A medieval martial sport in which two groups of mounted and armored combatants fought against each other with blunted lances or swords.
Origin of tournamentMiddle English tournement, a medieval sport, from Old French torneiement, from torneier, to tourney; see tourney.
Old French tornoiement (Modern French tournoiement) from the verb tornoier.