Cham·pi·on, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Championed p. pr. & vb. n. Championing.] [Obs.]
2. To furnish with a champion; to attend or defend as champion; to support or maintain; to protect.
Championed or unchampioned, thou diest. --Sir W. Scott.
1. One who engages in any contest; especially one who in ancient times contended in single combat in behalf of another's honor or rights; or one who now acts or speaks in behalf of a person or a cause; a defender; an advocate; a hero.
A stouter champion never handled sword. --Shak.
Champions of law and liberty. --Fisher Ames.
2. One who by defeating all rivals, has obtained an acknowledged supremacy in any branch of athletics or game of skill, and is ready to contend with any rival; as, the champion of England.
Note: ☞ Champion is used attributively in the sense of surpassing all competitors; overmastering; as, champion pugilist; champion chess player.
Syn: -- Leader; chieftain; combatant; hero; warrior; defender; protector.
adj : holding first place in a contest; "a champion show dog"; "a
prizewinning wine" [syn: prizewinning]
n 1: someone who has won first place in a competition [syn: champ,
2: someone who fights for a cause [syn: fighter, hero, paladin]
3: a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their
supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of
the library" [syn: supporter, protagonist, admirer,
4: someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field [syn: ace,
adept, sensation, maven, mavin, virtuoso, genius,
hotshot, star, superstar, whiz, whizz, wizard,
v : protect or fight for as a champion [syn: defend]
(1 Sam. 17:4, 23), properly "the man between the two," denoting
the position of Goliath between the two camps. Single combats of
this kind at the head of armies were common in ancient times. In
ver. 51 this word is the rendering of a different Hebrew word,
and properly denotes "a mighty man."