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runner–up

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noun run·ner–up \ˈrə-nə-ˌrəp, ˌrə-nə-ˈ\

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 run·ners–up play \-nər-ˌzəp, -ˈzəp\ also runner–ups

  1. :  the competitor that does not win first place in a contest; especially :  one that finishes in second place

1842

First Known Use of runner–up

1842


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  1. Spanish Central: Translation of "runner–up"


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