noun con·tend·er \-ˈten-dər\

: a person who tries to win something in a contest; especially : a person who has a good chance of winning

Full Definition of CONTENDER

:  one that contends; especially :  a competitor for a championship or high honor <a heavyweight title contender>

Examples of CONTENDER

  1. There are several contestants, but only two real contenders.
  2. This latest defeat means that she's no longer a contender for the world title.

First Known Use of CONTENDER


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CONTENDER Defined for Kids


noun con·tend·er \kən-ˈten-dər\

Definition of CONTENDER for Kids

:  a person who is in competition with others


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