Tournament meaning

to͝or'nə-mənt, tûr'-
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.
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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.
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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.
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A medieval martial sport in which two groups of mounted and armored combatants fought against each other with blunted lances or swords.
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(historical) During the Middle Ages, a series of battles and other contests designed to prepare knights for war.
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A series of games; either the same game played many times, or a succession of games related by a single theme; played competitively to determine a single winning team or individual.
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Origin of tournament

  • Middle English tournement a medieval sport from Old French torneiement from torneier to tourney tourney
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Old French tornoiement (Modern French tournoiement) from the verb tornoier.
    From Wiktionary