also-ran

noun

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

Word History

First Known Use

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of also-ran was in 1895

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“Also-ran.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/also-ran. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

also-ran

noun

al·​so-ran
-ˌran
1
: a horse or dog that does not finish in the first three places in a race
2
: a contestant that does not win

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