gower champion


Gower [gou-er] , 1921–80, U.S. choreographer.
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champion (ˈtʃæmpɪən)
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]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. champion, from L.L. campionem (nom. campio) "gladiator, combatant in the field," from L. campus "field (of combat);" see campus. Had been borrowed earlier by O.E. as cempa. The verb "to fight for, defend, protect" is from 1820.
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Bible Dictionary

Champion definition

(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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