con·​tes·​tant | \ kən-ˈte-stənt How to pronounce contestant (audio) also ˈkän-ˌte- \

Definition of contestant

1 : one that participates in a contest
2 : one that contests an award or decision

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Synonyms & Antonyms for contestant



  • noncompetitor
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Examples of contestant in a Sentence

The contestant who catches the most fish wins. The winning contestants will receive a cash prize.
Recent Examples on the Web Every round, the highest scoring contestant moves on, and the other contestants vote someone out. Natalie Morin,, "Tituss Burgess Hosts New Netflix Karaoke Show Sing On! That Will Have You Belting From The Sofa," 2 Sep. 2020 Carson Lundell, Ponich’s BYU teammate and a contestant in the round of 16 in the recent U.S. Amateur, also is notably missing. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Ute golfer Mitchell Schow takes first-round lead in State Amateur," 2 Sep. 2020 In the fall of last year, Andrade said the Food Network approached him about potentially being a contestant on the game show. Shaena Montanari, The Arizona Republic, "Here's how this Arizona chef won $12,000 on Guy Fieri's Food Network grocery store show," 1 Sep. 2020 Robinson was also a contestant on the 28th season of Survivor, Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty, in 2014, becoming the fifth person to be eliminated that season. Tyler Aquilina,, "Cliff Robinson, former NBA All-Star and Survivor contestant, dies at 53," 29 Aug. 2020 The reality star was a contestant on season 23 of The Bachelor, starring Colton Underwood, before appearing on season 6 of Bachelor in Paradise last year. Ally Mauch,, "The Bachelor's Hannah Godwin Reveals the Rare Item That Dylan Barbour Wants at Their Wedding," 13 Aug. 2020 After learning about Williams's backstory and hearing the contestant sing on America's Got Talent, judge Simon Cowell couldn't help but get emotional. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT' Judge Simon Cowell Breaks Down Hearing Archie Williams's Heartbreaking True Story," 29 July 2020 Former Bachelor contestant, Dancing With the Stars champ, and Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Melissa Rycroft has quite a few accomplishments under her belt. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Melissa Rycroft Says Treating Her Family's Allergies With Immunotherapy Has Changed Their Lives," 18 Jan. 2020 The remaining celebrities competing on the upcoming season will be announced on GMA on Sept. 2 and the contestant and pro dancer pairings will be revealed during next month's two-hour premiere. Georgia Slater,, "Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean to Join Dancing with the Stars Season 29: 'It's Gonna Be Awesome'," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of contestant

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contestant

contest entry 1 + -ant entry 1

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The first known use of contestant was in 1665

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13 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Contestant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce contestant (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of contestant

: a person who takes part in a contest


con·​tes·​tant | \ kən-ˈtes-tənt How to pronounce contestant (audio) \

Kids Definition of contestant

: a person who takes part in a competition He's a contestant on a quiz show.



Legal Definition of contestant

: one that initiates or participates in a contest

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