tournament

A tournament refers to a gathering of competitors playing a series of games. There are chess tournaments, golf tournaments, tennis tournaments, and a number of tournaments titled “Tournament of Champions.”

In medieval times, large groups of knights would gather and compete in a tournament. These tournaments were composed of a number of fighting events. In the melee event, the knights were divided into two teams which would ride at each other with lances, trying to unhorse the opposing knights. There is evidence that weapons were not blunted for these tournaments. Ouch.

Definitions of tournament
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n a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner

Synonyms:
tourney
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World Cup
a soccer tournament held every four years between national soccer teams to determine a world champion
elimination tournament
a tournament in which losers are eliminated in successive rounds
open
a tournament in which both professionals and amateurs may play
round robin
a tournament in which every contestant plays every other contestant
Type of:
competition, contest
an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants

n a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize

Type of:
competition, contest
an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants

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