champion

A champion is a winner, or someone who's really good at something. If you are a champion chess player, you are a superstar! When crowds sing Queen's "We Are the Champions" at football games, they are celebrating the fact that their team won.

Champion comes from the Latin word campionem for "gladiator, fighter." Rarr! No need to grab your sword, but a champion is also a person who fights for a cause. If you are the champion of fundraising, you keep pushing to raise money. As a verb, to champion means to protect or fight for something. You champion your little brother by defending him against meanies — no matter what, you are always on his side.

Definitions of champion
  1. noun
    someone who has won first place in a competition
    synonyms: champ, title-holder
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    types:
    record-breaker, record-holder
    someone who breaks a record
    type of:
    challenger, competition, competitor, contender, rival
    the contestant you hope to defeat
  2. noun
    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field
    synonyms: ace, adept, genius, hotshot, maven, mavin, sensation, star, superstar, virtuoso, whiz, whizz, wiz, wizard
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    types:
    track star
    a star runner
    type of:
    expert
    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully
  3. adjective
    holding first place in a contest
    “a champion show dog”
    synonyms: prizewinning
    best
    (superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
  4. noun
    someone who fights for a cause
    synonyms: fighter, hero, paladin
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    type of:
    defender, guardian, protector, shielder
    a person who cares for persons or property
  5. noun
    a person who backs a politician or a team etc.
    synonyms: admirer, booster, friend, protagonist, supporter
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    anglophil, anglophile
    an admirer of England and things English
    believer, truster
    a supporter who accepts something as true
    Boswell
    a devoted admirer and recorder of another's words and deeds
    cheerleader
    an enthusiastic and vocal supporter
    Confederate
    a supporter of the Confederate States of America
    corporatist
    a supporter of corporatism
    enthusiast, partisan, partizan
    an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
    Francophil, Francophile
    an admirer of France and everything French
    free trader
    an advocate of unrestricted international trade
    functionalist
    an adherent of functionalism
    Jacobite
    a supporter of James II after he was overthrown or a supporter of the Stuarts
    loyalist, stalwart
    a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
    New Dealer
    a supporter of the economic policies in the United States known as the New Deal
    Graecophile, philhellene, philhellenist
    an admirer of Greece and everything Greek
    mainstay, pillar
    a prominent supporter
    Roundhead
    a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War
    seconder
    someone who endorses a motion or petition as a necessary preliminary to a discussion or vote
    Shavian
    an admirer of G. B. Shaw or his works
    endorser, indorser, ratifier, subscriber
    someone who expresses strong approval
    sympathiser, sympathizer, well-wisher
    someone who shares your feelings or opinions and hopes that you will be successful
    toaster, wassailer
    someone who proposes a toast; someone who drinks to the health of success of someone or some venture
    maintainer, sustainer, upholder
    someone who upholds or maintains
    verifier, voucher
    someone who vouches for another or for the correctness of a statement
    Whig
    a supporter of the American Revolution
    abiogenist
    a believer in abiogenesis
    addict, freak, junkie, junky, nut
    someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction
    apostle
    an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform
    backslapper
    someone who demonstrates enthusiastic or excessive cordiality
    balletomane
    a ballet enthusiast
    bleeding heart
    someone who is excessively sympathetic toward those who claim to be exploited or underprivileged
    colonialist
    a believer in colonialism
    Confederate soldier
    a soldier in the Army of the Confederacy during the American Civil War
    Confucian, Confucianist
    a believer in the teachings of Confucius
    evolutionist
    a person who believes in organic evolution
    fanatic, fiend
    a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause)
    fellow traveler, fellow traveller
    a communist sympathizer (but not a member of the Communist Party)
    gadgeteer
    a person who delights in designing or building or using gadgets
    imperialist
    a believer in imperialism
    Malthusian
    a believer in Malthusian theory
    shutterbug
    a photography enthusiast
    fan, rooter, sports fan
    an enthusiastic devotee of sports
    vitalist
    one who believes in vitalism
    type of:
    advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent
    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea
  6. verb
    protect or fight for as a champion
    synonyms: defend
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    type of:
    back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
    be behind; approve of
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