also-ran

noun
al·​so-ran | \ ˈȯl(t)-(ˌ)sō-ˌran How to pronounce also-ran (audio) , ˈȯ- \

Definition of also-ran

1 : a horse or dog that finishes out of the money in a race
2 : a contestant that does not win
3 : one that is of little importance especially competitively was just an also-ran in the scramble for … privileges— C. A. Buss

First Known Use of also-ran

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Also-ran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/also-ran. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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also-ran

noun

English Language Learners Definition of also-ran

: a person who has taken part in an election or contest and did not win

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