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[too r-nee, tur-] /ˈtʊər ni, ˈtɜr-/
noun, plural tourneys.
a tournament.
verb (used without object), tourneyed, tourneying.
to contend or engage in a tournament.
Origin of tourney
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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  • 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.
  • That's probably not desirable for a pre-tourney warmup though, since it might slow the pace down considerably.
British Dictionary definitions for tourney


/ˈtʊənɪ; ˈtɔː-/
a knightly tournament
(intransitive) to engage in a tourney
Derived Forms
tourneyer, noun
Word Origin
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 and History for tourney

c.1300, from Old French tornei (mid-12c.), from torneier "to joust, tilt," literally "turn around," from Vulgar Latin *tornizare, from Latin tornare "to turn" (see turn (v.)). The noun also is attested from c.1300.

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