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.

Primary Meanings of champion

1.
nadj
someone who has won first place in a competition
holding first place in a contest
2.
nv
someone who fights for a cause
protect or fight for as a champion
Full Definitions of champion
1

n someone who has won first place in a competition

Synonyms:
champ, title-holder
Types:
record-breaker, record-holder
someone who breaks a record
Type of:
challenger, competition, competitor, contender, rival
the contestant you hope to defeat

n someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

Synonyms:
ace, adept, genius, hotshot, maven, mavin, sensation, star, superstar, virtuoso, whiz, whizz, wiz, wizard
Types:
track star
a star runner
Type of:
expert
a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

adj holding first place in a contest

“a champion show dog”
Synonyms:
prizewinning
best
(superlative of `good') having the most positive qualities
2

n someone who fights for a cause

Synonyms:
fighter, hero, paladin
Type of:
defender, guardian, protector, shielder
a person who cares for persons or property

n a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

Synonyms:
admirer, booster, friend, protagonist, supporter
Types:
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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

v protect or fight for as a champion

Synonyms:
defend
Type of:
back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support
be behind; approve of