championship

[cham-pee-uhn-ship]
noun
1.
the distinction or condition of being a champion: to win a championship.
2.
advocacy or defense: championship of the underdog.
3.
championships, a series of competitions or contests to determine a champion: the tennis championships.

Origin:
1815–25; champion + -ship

prechampionship, noun
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championship (ˈtʃæmpɪənˌʃɪp)
 
n
1.  (sometimes plural) any of various contests held to determine a champion
2.  the title or status of being a champion
3.  support for or defence of a cause, person, etc

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championship
1825, "position of a champion," from champion + -ship. Meaning "competition to determine a champion" is recorded from 1893.
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Example sentences
The legacy of championship racers and show horses could conceivably live on
  forever if reproducible copies are indeed feasible.
Take a bunch of monkeys and let them have a knockout coin toss championship.
He did not miss a single question in yesterday's preliminary rounds or today's
  final and championship rounds.
The team won the state championship ten straight times.
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