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championship

[cham-pee-uh n-ship] /ˈtʃæm pi ənˌʃɪp/
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
1815-1825
1815-25; champion + -ship
Related forms
prechampionship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for prechampionship

championship

/ˈtʃæmpɪənˌʃɪp/
noun
1.
(sometimes pl) 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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Word Origin and History for prechampionship

championship

n.

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

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