Meaning of TOURNAMENT in English

TOURNAMENT

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈtu̇r-nə-mənt also ]

ˈtər- or ˈtȯr- noun

Etymology: Middle English tornement, from Anglo-French turneiement, from turneier

Date: 13th century

1.

a. : a knightly sport of the Middle Ages between mounted combatants armed with blunted lances or swords and divided into two parties contesting for a prize or favor bestowed by the lady of the tournament

b. : the whole series of knightly sports, jousts, and tilts occurring at one time and place

2. : a series of games or contests that make up a single unit of competition (as on a professional golf tour), the championship play-offs of a league or conference, or an invitational event

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.