con·​tend·​er kən-ˈten-dər How to pronounce contender (audio)
: one that contends
especially : a competitor for a championship or high honor
a heavyweight title contender
the leading presidential contenders

Examples of contender in a Sentence

There are several contestants, but only two real contenders. This latest defeat means that she's no longer a contender for the world title.
Recent Examples on the Web The second place contender failed to reach 57 feet. Charles Baggarly, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 10 May 2024 The Jayhawks will likely be contenders for the Big 12 title next season, and the stadium project is well underway, too. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 10 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for contender 

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Word History


contend + -er entry 2

First Known Use

1547, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of contender was in 1547

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“Contender.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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