champion

Definitions

  • And So This is the Champion Little Devil of America 357
    And So This is the Champion Little Devil of America 357
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj champion holding first place in a contest "a champion show dog","a prizewinning wine"
    • v champion protect or fight for as a champion
    • n champion someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    • n champion someone who fights for a cause
    • n champion someone who has won first place in a competition
    • n champion a person who backs a politician or a team etc. "all their supporters came out for the game","they are friends of the library"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Valiant Champions on Their Adventure--1-42-086 Valiant Champions on Their Adventure--1-42-086
CHAMPION WRESTLER CHAMPION WRESTLER
THE RETURN OF THE EX-CHAMPION THE RETURN OF THE EX-CHAMPION
Champion reaper Champion reaper

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The household wrench was invented by boxing heavyweight champion Jack Johnson in 1922
    • Champion One who by defeating all rivals, has obtained an acknowledged supremacy in any branch of athletics or game of skill, and is ready to contend with any rival; as, the champion of England.
    • Champion One who engages in any contest; especially one who in ancient times contended in single combat in behalf of another's honor or rights; or one who now acts or speaks in behalf of a person or a cause; a defender; an advocate; a hero. "A stouter champion never handled sword.""Champions of law and liberty."
    • Champion To furnish with a champion; to attend or defend as champion; to support or maintain; to protect. "Championed or unchampioned, thou diest."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Boxing champion Gene Tunney taught Shakespeare at Yale University
    • n champion One who undertakes to defend any cause; especially, one who engages in combat or contention in behalf of another, or in any representative capacity: as, the champion of an army or of a party; a champion for the truth, or of innocence.
    • n champion More generally, a hero; a brave warrior.
    • n champion One who has demonstrated his superiority to all others in some matter decided by public, contest or competition, as prize-fighting, pedestrianism, rowing, plowing, etc.
    • champion First among all competitors or contestants: as, a champion oarsman.
    • champion Hence By extension, of the first rank or highest excellence in any respect; unexcelled.
    • champion To maintain or support by contest or advocacy; act as champion for.
    • champion See champian.
    • n champion An animal or a plant to which, or to its owner, the first prize has been awarded in any general competition, as at a horse-, cattle-, bench-, or other show, or which has taken a number of prizes.
    • n champion Some variety of vegetable, fruit, implement, or the like, for which the highest excellence is claimed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bruce Lee was the Hong Kong 'cha cha' dance champion in 1958 He was also an American born in San Francisco and had a German grandfather.
    • n Champion cham′pi-un one who fights in single combat for himself or for another: one who defends a cause: a successful combatant: in boxing, running, &c., one who has excelled all others: a hero
    • adj Champion acting as champion, first: first-class
    • v.t Champion (obs.) to challenge: to defend: to support
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Quotations

  • Billie Jean King
    Billie Jean King
    “A champion is afraid of losing. Everyone else is afraid of winning.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An idea is worth nothing if it has no champion.”
  • Pat Riley
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    “A champion needs a motivation above and beyond winning.”
  • Pat Riley
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    “There's always the motivation of wanting to win. Everybody has that. But a champion needs, in his attitude, a motivation above and beyond winning.”
  • James J. Corbett
    James J. Corbett
    “You become a champion by fighting one more round. When things are tough, you fight one more round.”
  • Billie Jean King
    Billie Jean King
    “Champions keep playing until they get it right.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. champion, fr. LL.campio, of German origin; cf. OHG. chempho, chemphio, fighter, champf, G. kampf, contest; perh. influenced by L. campus, field, taken in the sense of “field of battle.”

Usage

In literature:

NUTT'S CHAMPION WHITE CELERY.
"The Field and Garden Vegetables of America" by Fearing Burr
Her elevation to the proud position of Form champion half elated and half weighed her down.
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
The champions were therefore prohibited to thrust with the sword, and were confined to striking.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
But say who is the champion who has brought you hither, and who has slain the wild boar we have hunted so many years in vain?
"The Golden Spears" by Edmund Leamy
But I would have you promise to be my knight and champion in things both ill and good, while you shall have life.
"King Arthur's Knights" by Henry Gilbert
Then he will take the Champion for Parkville, arriving about half past one.
"Breaking Away" by Oliver Optic
But when they sought for him to award the prize the new champion was nowhere to be found.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
He was, however, the ardent champion of nothing that made for the public good.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
This insulting indifference, as Latisan considered it, indicated that Echford Flagg was no longer depending on Ward as champion.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
Whatever her world's work under those circumstances might have been, she would not have become the champion of her sex.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
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In poetry:

Mad and outrageous with the pain,
He whirl'd his mace ofsteel;
The very wind of such a blow
Had made the champion reel.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
And oft it said: "I love thee true,
Sir Ewain, champion of the fair."
And never wist he what a witch
Was that one there.
"A Mabinogi" by Madison Julius Cawein
IV. THE CHAMPION.
So in the shadow Mabel sits;
Untouched by mirth she sees and hears,
Her smile is sadder than her tears.
"Mabel Martin" by John Greenleaf Whittier
As when the boughs with hideous fall
Some hapless woodman crush,
With such a force the enormous foe
Did on the champion rush.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Then closing fast with furious gripe
He clasp'd the champion round,
And with a strong and sudden twist
He laid him on the ground.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British
Let others choose the mighty dead,
And sing their battles over!
My champion, too, has fought and bled—
My theme is one-eyed Rover.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall

In news:

Champions aren't crowned in October, but Sunday's win over the 49ers had so much physicality and emotional intensity that it was easy to forget the leaves are still on the trees.
Past champion Bill Britton and Charlie Bolling shared the second-round lead Friday in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
(AP) — Past champion Bill Britton and Charlie Bolling shared the second-round lead Friday in the Senior PGA Professional National Championship.
Chuck Schumer Champions Push To Protect Privacy Of Smartphone Sexters.
GENEVA – Liberty League regular season champion, Hobart, was rewarded for its season with four players named first- or second-team conference all-stars.
California vintner Randall Grahm, a champion of neglected grape varieties, has finally found a home for his winery, Bonny Doon Vineyard.
A charismatic entrepreneur, an ex-con turned devout Christian, and the politicians who championed them.
Grand Rapids Christian's Julia Bos repeats as Division 2 cross-country champion.
Tennis champion Pete Sampras officially retired at the beginning of the US Open.
Malaga's Fabrice Olinga crosses the ball past Jose Manuel Velazquez of Panathinaikos in their UEFA Champions League playoff in Malaga, Spain, on Wednesday.
Now that should come as no great shock to anyone who has followed the career of the former heavyweight boxing champion.
Branden Grace wins Volvo Golf Champions event in South Africa after a play-off.
Champions Tour golfer JR Roth and mini-tour player Martin Jeppesen took advantage of a first-tee flub by Tim Matthews to take a three-way tie into Wednesday's third round in the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain Resort Tuesday.
Braga 's Alan, right, scores a goal past CFR Cluj's keeper Mario Felgueiras, left, during their Champions League, Group H, soccer match in Cluj, Romania, Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012.
Manchester United's players celebrate after scoring their team third goal against Sporting Braga during their Champions League Group H soccer match, at the Municipal stadium, in Braga , Portugal, Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012.
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In science:

Roger Penrose has championed a role for gravity in state vector reduction [27, 28].
Generalizing Quantum Mechanics for Quantum Spacetime
Also plotted are the four PALFA MSPs reported in this paper (crosses) and five other MSPs discovered by PALFA (filled circles) (Champion et al. 2008; Knispel et al. 2010, 2011; Deneva et al. 2012).
Four Highly Dispersed Millisecond Pulsars Discovered in the Arecibo PALFA Galactic Plane Survey
Descartes, both have their Parisian group of champions replaying and refueling the arguments.
Routine Controversies : Mathematical Challenges in Mersenne's Correspondence
Alternatively, the “patchy beam” model, championed by Lyne and Manchester [165, 107], has the beam populated by a series of randomly-distributed emitting regions.
Binary and Millisecond Pulsars at the New Millennium
Historically, the lack (until recently) of observational breakthroughs on GRBs had left ample freedom for modelers to play around, so that the cumulative list of models championed to interpret GRBs has been more numerous than for any other astrophysical phenomenon.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
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