|1.||a. a person who has defeated all others in a competition: a chess champion|
|b. (as modifier): a champion team|
|2.||a. a plant or animal that wins first place in a show, etc|
|b. (as modifier): a champion marrow|
|3.||a person who defends a person or cause: champion of the underprivileged|
|4.||(formerly) a warrior or knight who did battle for another, esp a king or queen, to defend their rights or honour|
|5.||dialect (Northern English) first rate; excellent|
|6.||dialect (Northern English) very well; excellently|
|7.||to support; defend: we champion the cause of liberty|
|[C13: from Old French, from Late Latin campiō, from Latin campus field, battlefield]|
(1 Sam. 17:4, 23), properly "the man between the two," denoting the position of Goliath between the two camps. Single combats of this kind at the head of armies were common in ancient times. In ver. 51 this word is the rendering of a different Hebrew word, and properly denotes "a mighty man."
one who fights in behalf of another. During the Middle Ages a feature of Anglo-Norman law was trial by battle, a procedure in which guilt or innocence was decided by a test of arms. Clergy, children, women, and persons disabled by age or infirmity had the right to nominate champions to fight by proxy.
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