con·​tes·​tant kən-ˈte-stənt How to pronounce contestant (audio)
 also  ˈkän-ˌte-
: one that participates in a contest
: one that contests an award or decision

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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Word History

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of contestant was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Contestant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


 also  ˈkän-ˌtes-
: a person who takes part in a contest

Legal Definition


: one that initiates or participates in a contest

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