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champion sb. (3 Wyclif has ‘strong schampions and pileris of holy chirche’)
1. fighting man, man of valour 1H6 III. iv. 19 “A stouter champion never handled sword,” Tit. I. i. 65 “Rome's best champion.”
2. one who does battle in his own cause or for another in single combat R2 I. iii. 5, Lr. V. i. 43, Per. I. i. 61, Ven. 596.
3. one who defends a person or a cause All'sW. IV. ii. 50, John III. i. 255 “be champion of our church,” R2 I. ii. 43 “God, the widow's champion.”
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    • William Shakespeare, King Lear, 5.1
    • William Shakespeare, Pericles, Prince of Tyre, 1.1
    • William Shakespeare, King John, 3.1
    • William Shakespeare, The First Part of Henry VI, 3.4
    • William Shakespeare, Richard II, 1.2
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