Definitions for: Tournament

[n] a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner
[n] a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize

Webster (1913) Definition: Tour"na*ment, n. [OE. turnement, tornement, OF.
torneiement, tornoiement, F. tournoiement a turning or
wheeling round. See Tourney.]
1. A mock fight, or warlike game, formerly in great favor, in
which a number of combatants were engaged, as an
exhibition of their address and bravery; hence,
figuratively, a real battle. ``In battle and in
tourneyment.'' --Chaucer.

With cruel tournament the squadrons join. --Milton.

Note: It different from the joust, which was a trial of skill
between one man and another.

2. Any contest of skill in which there are many contestents
for championship; as, a chess tournament.

Synonyms: tourney

See Also: competition, contest, elimination tournament, joust, open, round robin, tilt

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