I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin campion-, campio, of West Germanic origin; akin to Old English cempa warrior Date: 13th century 1. warrior, fighter 2. a militant advocate or defender <
a champion of civil rights
3. one that does battle for another's rights or honor <
God will raise me up a champion — Sir Walter Scott
4. a winner of first prize or first place in competition; also one who shows marked superiority <
a champion at selling
II. transitive verb Date: 1605 1. archaic challenge, defy 2. to protect or fight for as a champion 3. to act as militant supporter of ; uphold, advocate <
always champions the cause of the underdog
Synonyms: see support

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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