from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A series of contests in which a number of contestants compete and the one that prevails through the final round or that finishes with the best record is declared the winner.
- n. A medieval martial sport in which two groups of mounted and armored combatants fought against each other with blunted lances or swords.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. During the Middle Ages, a series of battles and other contests designed to prepare knights for war.
- n. A series of games; either the same game played many times, or a succession of games related by a single theme; played competitively to determine a single winning team or individual.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Any contest of skill in which there are many contestents for championship.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tourney. See tourney and just.
- n. In later times, a contest of skill in which men on horseback riding at full speed strove to carry off on their spears a certain number of rings hung just over their heads.
- n. Encounter; shock of battle.
- n. Any contest of skill in which a number of persons take part: as, a chess tournament.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a series of jousts between knights contesting for a prize
- n. a sporting competition in which contestants play a series of games to decide the winner
Middle English tournement, a medieval sport, from Old French torneiement, from torneier, to tourney; see tourney.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old French tornoiement (Modern French tournoiement) from the verb tornoier. (Wiktionary)