tour·na·ment /ˈtʊrnəmənt ||ˈtɚ/
1. A mock fight, or warlike game, formerly in great favor, in which a number of combatants were engaged, as an exhibition of their address and bravery; hence, figuratively, a real battle. “In battle and in tourneyment.”
With cruel tournament the squadrons join. --Milton.
Note: ☞ It different from the joust, which was a trial of skill between one man and another.
2. Any contest of skill in which there are many contestents for championship; as, a chess tournament.
n 1: a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of
games to decide the winner [syn: tourney]
2: a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize