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[cham-pee-uh n-ship] /ˈtʃæm pi ənˌʃɪp/
the distinction or condition of being a champion:
to win a championship.
advocacy or defense:
championship of the underdog.
championships, a series of competitions or contests to determine a champion:
the tennis championships.
Origin of championship
1815-25; champion + -ship
Related forms
prechampionship, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A few minutes later he was in possession of the championship Cup.

  • The "Gazette" seems to have gone too far in its championship of China, and has got into trouble.

    Peking Dust Ellen N. La Motte
  • Nor did his championship of the Bohemians and Moravians already in Saxony have any result.

    The Moravians in Georgia Adelaide L. Fries
  • All the weeks of waiting for the championship game were over.

    Play the Game! Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • Two strokes to the good and two holes to go—that at least seemed good for the championship.

British Dictionary definitions for championship


(sometimes pl) any of various contests held to determine a champion
the title or status of being a champion
support for or defence of a cause, person, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for championship

1812, "position of a champion," from champion (n.) + -ship. Meaning "competition to determine a champion" is recorded from 1893.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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