Simple Definition of runner–up
: a person or team that does not win first place in a competition but that does well enough to get a prize; especially : a person or team that finishes in second place
Full Definition of runner–up
plural runners–up play \-nər-ˌzəp, -ˈzəp\ also runner–ups
: the competitor that does not win first place in a contest; especially : one that finishes in second place
First Known Use of runner–up
Rhymes with runner–up
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RUNNER–UP Defined for Kids
Definition of runner–up for Students
plural runners–up \ˈrə-nər-ˌzəp\
: the competitor in a contest who finishes second
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