Meaning of “tournament” in the English Dictionary

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"tournament" in British English

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tournamentnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʊə.nə.mənt/ /ˈtɔː.nə.mənt/ us /ˈtɝː.nə.mənt/ /ˈtʊr.nə.mənt/

B1 a competition for teams or single players in which a series of games is played, and the winners of each game play against each other until only one winner is left:

a tennis/chess/golf tournament
They were defeated in the first round of the tournament.

More examples

  • Our ambitions for this tournament have been defeated by the weather.
  • The defending champion will play her first match of the tournament tomorrow.
  • This tennis tournament is open to both amateurs and professionals.
  • A recurring knee injury may have impaired his chances of winning the tournament.
  • The tournament is a straight knockout.

(Definition of “tournament” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tournament" in American English

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tournamentnoun [ C ]

us /ˈtʊr·nə·mənt, ˈtɜr-/ also tourney, /ˈtʊr·ni, ˈtɜr-/

a competition involving many competitors in a single sport or game:

a chess/golf tournament

(Definition of “tournament” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)