con·tes·tant | \ kən-ˈte-stənt 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


challenger, competition, competitor, contender, corrival, rival



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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.

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Beauty Pageant Winner Gives Up Crown to Protest Skit Mocking #MeToo This year’s Miss Plymouth County winner, Maude Gorman, elected to give up her title in response to an offensive #MeToo sketch performed by a fellow contestant. Emily Cassidy /, NBC News, "In the Know: Women in the news 7/9-7/13," 13 July 2018 One of the interesting stories that emerged from this first-ever baking competition was that 100 GE electric ranges had been delivered to the Waldorf-Astoria ballroom to be used by contestants. Judy Buchenot, Naperville Sun, "Suburban Cooks: Mints go from trash to treasured cookies," 13 July 2018 Zedd, after being tagged in the video's comments dozens of times, gave the contestant a stamp of approval on Twitter. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Missy Elliott and Zedd Tweet Support For Stunning Covers of Their Songs on 'The Four'," 13 July 2018 On Paid Off, the contestants carry debt ranging from several thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 Organizers of the competition go over the risks and issues with eaters prior to the competition and all contestants have been professionally trained. Amy Kraft, CBS News, "How competitive eaters do it – and what it does to them," 4 July 2018 Prior to her engagement, Iaconetti dated Paradise contestant Wendt after meeting on Winter Games. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, "Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Exes Lead 'Bachelor in Paradise' Season 5 Cast," 26 June 2018 That year, Trump also made a cameo in another one of Agalarov’s music videos alongside actual 2013 Miss Universe contestants. Abby Vesoulis, Time, "The Russian Pop Star Who Played a Role in the Trump Tower Meeting Has a Music Video About It," 26 June 2018 RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Yuhua Hamasaki is one inspiring queen. Temi Adebowale, Seventeen, "'Drag Race' Queen Yuhua Hamasaki On Why Coming Out Isn't One-Size-Fits-All," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of contestant

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of contestant

: a person who takes part in a contest


con·tes·tant | \ kən-ˈtes-tənt \

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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