also-ran

noun
al·so-ran | \ -ˌran \

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

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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