Tour"na*ment (?), n. [OE. turnement, tornement, OF. torneiement, tornoiement, F. tournoiement a turning or wheeling round. See Tourney.]
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.
"In battle and in tourneyment
With cruel tournament the squadrons join.
⇒ It different from the joust, which was a trial of skill between one man and another.
Any contest of skill in which there are many contestents for championship; as, a chess tournament.
© Webster 1913.