A champion is a winner, or someone who’s really good at something. If you are a champion chess player, you are a superstar! When crowds sing Queen’s “We Are the Champions” at football games, they are celebrating the fact that their team won.

Champion comes from the Latin word campionem for “gladiator, fighter.” Rarr! No need to grab your sword, but a champion is also a person who fights for a cause. If you are the champion of fundraising, you keep pushing to raise money. As a verb, to champion means to protect or fight for something. You champion your little brother by defending him against meanies — no matter what, you are always on his side.

Definitions of champion
  1. noun

    someone who has won first place in a competition

    champ, title-holder
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    record-breaker, record-holder

    someone who breaks a record
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    challenger, competition, competitor, contender, rival

    the contestant you hope to defeat

  2. noun

    someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field

    ace, adept, genius, hotshot, maven, mavin, sensation, star, superstar, virtuoso, whiz, whizz, wiz, wizard
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    track star

    a star runner
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    a person with special knowledge or ability who performs skillfully

  3. adjective

    holding first place in a contest

    champion show dog”


    (superlative of `good’) having the most positive qualities
  4. noun

    someone who fights for a cause

    fighter, hero, paladin
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    defender, guardian, protector, shielder

    a person who cares for persons or property

  5. noun

    a person who backs a politician or a team etc.

    admirer, booster, friend, protagonist, supporter
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    anglophil, anglophile

    an admirer of England and things English
    believer, truster

    a supporter who accepts something as true

    a devoted admirer and recorder of another’s words and deeds

    an enthusiastic and vocal supporter

    a supporter of the Confederate States of America

    a supporter of corporatism
    enthusiast, partisan, partizan

    an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
    Francophil, Francophile

    an admirer of France and everything French
    free trader

    an advocate of unrestricted international trade

    an adherent of functionalism

    a supporter of James II after he was overthrown or a supporter of the Stuarts
    loyalist, stalwart

    a person who is loyal to their allegiance (especially in times of revolt)
    New Dealer

    a supporter of the economic policies in the United States known as the New Deal
    Graecophile, philhellene, philhellenist

    an admirer of Greece and everything Greek
    mainstay, pillar

    a prominent supporter

    a supporter of parliament and Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War

    someone who endorses a motion or petition as a necessary preliminary to a discussion or vote

    an admirer of G. B. Shaw or his works
    endorser, indorser, ratifier, subscriber

    someone who expresses strong approval
    sympathiser, sympathizer, well-wisher

    someone who shares your feelings or opinions and hopes that you will be successful
    toaster, wassailer

    someone who proposes a toast; someone who drinks to the health of success of someone or some venture
    maintainer, sustainer, upholder

    someone who upholds or maintains
    verifier, voucher

    someone who vouches for another or for the correctness of a statement

    a supporter of the American Revolution

    a believer in abiogenesis
    addict, freak, junkie, junky, nut

    someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction

    an ardent early supporter of a cause or reform

    someone who demonstrates enthusiastic or excessive cordiality

    a ballet enthusiast
    bleeding heart

    someone who is excessively sympathetic toward those who claim to be exploited or underprivileged

    a believer in colonialism
    Confederate soldier

    a soldier in the Army of the Confederacy during the American Civil War
    Confucian, Confucianist

    a believer in the teachings of Confucius

    a person who believes in organic evolution
    fanatic, fiend

    a person motivated by irrational enthusiasm (as for a cause)
    fellow traveler, fellow traveller

    a communist sympathizer (but not a member of the Communist Party)

    a person who delights in designing or building or using gadgets

    a believer in imperialism

    a believer in Malthusian theory

    a photography enthusiast
    fan, rooter, sports fan

    an enthusiastic devotee of sports

    one who believes in vitalism
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    advocate, advocator, exponent, proponent

    a person who pleads for a cause or propounds an idea

  6. verb

    protect or fight for as a champion

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    back, endorse, indorse, plump for, plunk for, support

    be behind; approve of

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