AskDefine | Define champion

Dictionary Definition

champion adj : holding first place in a contest; "a champion show dog"; "a prizewinning wine" [syn: prizewinning]


1 someone who has won first place in a competition [syn: champ, title-holder]
2 someone who fights for a cause [syn: fighter, hero, paladin]
3 a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library" [syn: supporter, protagonist, admirer, booster, friend]
4 someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: ace, adept, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius, hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard, wiz] v : protect or fight for as a champion [syn: defend]

User Contributed Dictionary




champion (plural: champions)
  1. Someone who has been winner in a contest.


someone who has been winner in a contest
  • Czech: mistr
  • Danish: mester, champion
  • French: champion, championne
  • German: Sieger
  • Hebrew: אלוף,
  • Italian: campione, campionessa
  • Japanese: チャンピオン, 優勝者
  • Serbian: prvak , pobednik , pobornik
  • Slovene: prvak
  • Spanish: campeón
  • Turkish: şampiyon


champion (Ireland, colloquial)
  1. Denoting approval, something very positive.
    "That roller coaster was champion," laughed Vinny.


Related terms


  1. usually of a cause to promote, advocate or act as a champion for


Extensive Definition

A champion (identical to the French, from the late Latin campio) is one who has repeatedly come out first among contestants in challenges (especially the winner of a tournament or other competition) or other test, one who is outstandingly skilled in their field. Olympic Gold Medalists, for example, are champions in this sense. The term can be applied to animals too, such as racehorses or show dogs.
In sports, a champion is the athlete or team in first place at the end of a season of organized competition (and, if applicable, any associated playoffs). It is for this reason that such competitions are often called championships. There can be a territorial pyramid of championships, e.g. local, regional / provincial, state, national, continental and world championships, and even further (artificial) divisions at one or more of these levels, as in soccer. Their champions can be accordingly styled, e.g. national champion, world champion. In certain disciplines, there are specific titles for champions, either descriptive, as the baspehlivan in Turkish oil wrestling, or copied from real life, such as the koning and keizer ('king' and 'emperor') in traditional archery competitions (not just national, also at lower levels) in the Low Countries.
  • In a broader sense, nearly any sort of competition can be considered a championship, and the victor of it a champion. Thus, there are championships for many non-sporting competitions: spelling bees, wargames, dog breeding, etc.
  • It is also possible to champion a cause. The career of consumer's advocate Ralph Nader, who has made himself a champion for the causes of safety and environmental standards, is a good example of this. In an ideological sense, encompassing religion, a champion may be an evangelist, a visionary advocate who clears the field for the triumph of the idea. Or the champion may merely make a strong case for a new corporate division to a resistant board of directors. Such a champion may take on responsibility for publicizing the project and garnering funding. Such a champion is beyond a simple promoter.
  • A national champion is a large company that is dominant in its field and favored by the government of the country in which it is based in the belief that it will be in that country's interests if the company is successful in foreign markets. The practice is controversial, and not widely believed by economists to be beneficial, but has long been a policy of France and other countries.
The original meaning of the word partakes of both these senses: in the Feudal Era, knights were expected to be champions of both prowess in combat and of causes, the latter most commonly being either patriotic, romantic or religious in nature. This reaches its most literal in a trial by combat, in which each combatant champions the cause of one side of the trial.

See also


champion in Bulgarian: Шампион
champion in German: Champion (Kämpfer)
champion in Spanish: Campeón
champion in Esperanto: Ĉampiono
champion in French: Champion#De_nos_jours
champion in Icelandic: Stórmeistari
champion in Dutch: Kampioen (winnaar)
champion in Russian: Чемпион
champion in Japanese: チャンピオン
champion in Chinese: 冠軍

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

A per se, Maecenas, Olympic medal winner, abettor, ace, admirer, advocate, aficionado, allege in support, alter ego, alternate, amicus curiae, angel, answer, apologete, apologist, apologizer, arch, argue for, arm, armor, assert, attorney, award winner, back, back up, backer, backstop, backup, backup man, bang-up, banner, battle, best, bless, blue-ribbon, boss, buff, campaigner, capital, cardinal, central, champ, chief, choice, chosen, cloak, combatant, commander, compass about, conquering hero, conqueror, conquistador, contend, contend for, copyright, counter, cover, cream, crowning, cushion, dandy, dean, defeater, defend, defender, dependence, deputy, distinguished, dominant, dummy, easy winner, elect, elite, encourager, endorser, ensure, espouse, executive officer, exponent, expounder, fan, fat, favorer, fence, fend, fight for, fighter, figurehead, first, flank, flower, focal, for the best, foremost, forward, friend at court, fugleman, genius, get behind, get in behind, great, greatest, guarantee, guard, guard against, guardian, handpicked, harbor, haven, head, headmost, hegemonic, hero, higher-up, illustrious, insure, justifier, keep, keep from harm, laureate, leader, leading, lieutenant, locum, locum tenens, lover, magisterial, main, mainstay, maintain, maintainer, make a plea, make safe, master, matchless, medalist, nestle, nonesuch, nonpareil, optimal, optimum, outstanding, overruling, paladin, pancratiast, paragon, paramount, paranymph, partisan, patent, patron, patroness, peerless, pick, picked, pillar, pinch hitter, plead for, pleader, police, predominant, preeminent, premier, preponderant, prevailing, primal, primary, prime, principal, prize, prizeman, prizetaker, prizewinner, procurator, prodigy, promote, promoter, proponent, protagonist, protect, protector, protectress, proxy, queen, quintessence, quintessential, ranking, rebut, refute, register, reliance, reply, representative, respond, ride shotgun for, riposte, rock, ruler, ruling, run interference for, runner-up, safeguard, safekeeper, say in defense, screen, second, second in command, secondary, seconder, sectary, secure, select, senior, shelter, shield, shoo-in, shroud, side with, sider, sovereign, speak for, speak up for, splendid, sponsor, stalwart, stand back of, stand behind, stand by, stand up for, stand-in, standby, star, stellar, stick by, stick up for, subduer, subjugator, substitute, successful advocate, supereminent, superior, superlative, superman, superstar, support, supporter, supreme, sure winner, surpassing, surrogate, sustain, sustainer, sympathizer, take sides with, the best, the best ever, the greatest, the most, the tops, the very best, top dog, top-notch, topflight, tower, tower of strength, triumpher, understudy, underwrite, unmatchable, unmatched, unparalleled, unsurpassed, uphold, upholder, urge reasons for, utility man, vanquisher, very best, veteran, vicar, vicar general, vice, vicegerent, victor, vindicator, virtuoso, votary, warrior, well-wisher, whitewasher, winner, world champion, world-record holder
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