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

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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But this was no ordinary story, and Tyler wasn’t just another contestant. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Watch This 11-Year-Old North Carolina Boy’s Golden Moment from America’s Got Talent," 12 June 2019 The premise of the series is children helping adult contestants with questions developed from an elementary school curriculum. Justin Barrasso,, "The Week in Wrestling: WWE Still a Big Part of John Cena’s Future Plans," 12 June 2019 The reality show gives 20 contestants the chance to win the hearts of DelVecchio and Guadagnino. Joelle Goldstein,, "Paul 'DJ Pauly D' DelVecchio Shows Off Rare Ungelled Hairstyle as He Soaks Up the Summer Heat," 12 June 2019 Each episode sees four contestants pitch songs to a superstar musician, who is surrounded by a panel of songwriters and producers (Ester Dean, Ryan Tedder, and Shane McAnally). Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "How “Songland” Tries and Fails to Honor the Songwriter," 11 June 2019 In a recent competition by Woodford Reserve, contestants concocted original cocktails using its bourbon or rye; finalists faced off in a Manhattan battle. Birmingham Magazine,, "Food News: new cafes, a healthy food pop-up, and more," 11 June 2019 The group includes 2020 contestants Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota. Josh Eidelson, Fortune, "2020 Candidates Call Out McDonald's Over Sexual Harassment," 11 June 2019 The show will feature a rotating cast of 12 fifth-graders helping adult contestants on the questions. Hal Boedeker,, "‘5th Grader,’ ‘Ink Master’ return; ‘Bachelorette’ moves," 9 June 2019 Other Dragapalooza performers from RuPaul's Drag Race include season seven finalist Ginger Minj, season one winner BeBe Zahara Benet and season five contestant Coco Montrese. Sydney Czyzon, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee PrideFest to feature Trixie Mattel, other 'RuPaul's Drag Race' stars throughout weekend," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of contestant

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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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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