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. [1913 Webster]

With cruel tournament the squadrons join. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Note: It different from the joust, which was a trial of skill between one man and another. [1913 Webster]

2. Any contest of skill in which there are many contestents for championship; as, a chess tournament. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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