[toor-nee, tur-]
noun, plural tourneys.
a tournament.
verb (used without object), tourneyed, tourneying.
to contend or engage in a tournament.

1300–50; (v.) Middle English tourneyen < Old French torneier < Vulgar Latin *tornidiāre to wheel, keep turning; (noun) Middle English tourneie < Old French tournei, derivative of tourneier. See turn Unabridged
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tourney (ˈtʊənɪ, ˈtɔː-)
1.  a knightly tournament
2.  (intr) to engage in a tourney
[C13: from Old French torneier, from Vulgar Latin tornidiāre (unattested) to turn constantly, from Latin tornāre to turn (in a lathe); see tournament]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from O.Fr. tornei (c.1150), from torneier "to joust, tilt," lit. "turn around," from V.L. *tornizare, from L. tornare "to turn" (see turn). The noun also is attested from c.1300.
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Example sentences
He went privately and armed himself, and came into the tourney in undistinguished armor.
We're going to use them in an interdepartmental tourney.
Illnesses reported among attendees, participants of state cheerleading tourney.
Both squads ended the tourney by drubbing the sea services.
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