consolation prize


Definition of consolation prize

: a prize given to a runner-up or a loser in a contest

Examples of consolation prize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Instead, the cowboys walk away with a consolation prize: an adorable corgi named Ein, who Jet gives to his daughter instead of that elusive Walking Sally doll. Scott Meslow, Vulture, 19 Nov. 2021 That was a bit of a consolation prize, to be honest. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 26 Oct. 2021 The consolation prize for Harvick after finishing 14th on Sunday, was wrapping up the 15th spot in the 16-car Cup Series playoff that begins in two weeks. Mia Berry, USA TODAY, 22 Aug. 2021 It’s not a bad consolation prize for a Patriots team that doesn’t get a quarterback here. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 29 Apr. 2021 As a consolation prize, though, we were treated to more lovely photos from the evening. Iris Goldsztajn, Marie Claire, 22 Oct. 2021 Maybe, in that sense, FC Cincinnati also won a consolation prize in a long-view sort of way? Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 11 Oct. 2021 Justice Breyer, who already has served a quarter-century longer than Justice Goldberg, has no such consolation prize waiting after resignation. Jess Bravin, WSJ, 13 Sep. 2021 Rahm earned the $5 million consolation prize for finishing second in the FedEx Cup, while Na (67) picked up $4 million., 5 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of consolation prize

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of consolation prize was in 1886

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English Language Learners Definition of consolation prize

: a prize that is given to someone who has not won a contest

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