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3 definitions found
 for tournament
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Tournament \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.
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              With cruel tournament the squadrons join. --Milton.
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     Note: It different from the joust, which was a trial of skill
           between one man and another.
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     2. Any contest of skill in which there are many contestents
        for championship; as, a chess tournament.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  tournament
      n 1: a sporting competition in which contestants play a series
           of games to decide the winner [syn: tournament,
           tourney]
      2: a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  33 Moby Thesaurus words for "tournament":
     Highland games, Olympiad, Olympic games, Olympics, bout, carousel,
     competition, concours, contest, derby, encounter, engagement,
     event, field day, fight, game, games, go, gymkhana, joust, match,
     matching, meet, meeting, rally, regatta, rencontre, test,
     the Olympics, tilt, tourney, track meet, trial
  
  

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