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[cham-pee-uh n] /ˈtʃæm pi ən/
a person who has defeated all opponents in a competition or series of competitions, so as to hold first place:
the heavyweight boxing champion.
anything that takes first place in competition:
the champion of a cattle show.
an animal that has won a certain number of points in officially recognized shows:
This dog is a champion.
a person who fights for or defends any person or cause:
a champion of the oppressed.
a fighter or warrior.
verb (used with object)
to act as champion of; defend; support:
to champion a cause.
Obsolete. to defy.
first among all contestants or competitors.
Informal. first-rate.
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Late Latin campiōn- (stem of campiō) < West Germanic *kampiōn-, equivalent to kamp- battle (< Latin campus field, battlefield) + -iōn- noun suffix; compare Old English cempa warrior, etc.
Related forms
championless, adjective
championlike, adjective
nonchampion, noun
prechampioned, adjective
unchampioned, adjective
1. winner, victor. 4. defender, protector. 6. maintain, fight for, advocate.
1. loser. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for championing
  • Instead of championing climate change as the sole reason to overhaul energy generation pair it to geopolitical issues.
  • In addition to championing small farmers, she wrote the first federal student loan program.
  • Perry had tried to revitalize his candidacy in the fall by championing an optional flat tax and an energy plan.
  • He is steeped in the rhythms and traditions of the city, and has spent his career championing its music.
  • championing, say, segregation could help get you elected.
  • In a world of seductive illusions, they became revolutionaries by championing the prodigious chaos of the actual world.
  • And he must go further, by championing three principles.
  • For others he was too timid, championing the oppressed but disbanding branches of his order when they became politically violent.
  • The position he was championing, it must be emphasized, was that of realism.
  • championing an unproved or unpopular idea is a good way to put your academic career on permanent hold.
British Dictionary definitions for championing


  1. a person who has defeated all others in a competition: a chess champion
  2. (as modifier): a champion team
  1. a plant or animal that wins first place in a show, etc
  2. (as modifier): a champion marrow
a person who defends a person or cause: champion of the underprivileged
(formerly) a warrior or knight who did battle for another, esp a king or queen, to defend their rights or honour
(Northern English, dialect) first rate; excellent
(Northern English, dialect) very well; excellently
verb (transitive)
to support; defend: we champion the cause of liberty
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Late Latin campiō, from Latin campus field, battlefield
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Word Origin and History for championing



early 13c., "doughty fighting man, valorous combatant," also (c.1300) "one who fights on behalf of another or others," from Old French champion "combatant, champion in single combat" (12c.), from Late Latin campionem (nominative campio) "gladiator, fighter, combatant in the field," from Latin campus "field (of combat);" see campus. Had been borrowed earlier by Old English as cempa. Sports sense in reference to "first-place performer in some field" is recorded from 1730.


"to fight for, defend, protect," 1820 (Scott) in a literal sense, from champion (n.). Figurative use by 1830. Earlier it meant "to challenge" (c.1600). Related: Championed; championing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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championing in the Bible

(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."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for championing


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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