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

Example Sentences

The contestant who catches the most fish wins. The winning contestants will receive a cash prize.
Recent Examples on the Web Our latest contestant: Haus Labs, created by the singer, songwriter, icon, and actress, Lady Gaga. Tatjana Freund, ELLE, 15 Nov. 2022 The 21 contestants include not only the five super champs, but every contestant who won four or more games since the last Tournament of Champions in 2020, along with winners of the National College Championship and the Professors Tournament. oregonlive, 25 Oct. 2022 The fairness of the pageant and the well being of each and every contestant is my top priority. Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 13 Oct. 2022 However, Haibon did not reciprocate at the time, choosing to date another Bachelor in Paradise contestant, Caila Quinn, instead. Stephanie Kaloi, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2022 The first contestant is wife guy Adam Levine (Mikey Day). Andy Hoglund,, 2 Oct. 2022 At a time when popularity is hard to achieve, which contestant is less unpopular? Craig Gilbert, Journal Sentinel, 27 Sep. 2022 Like Howie Mandel reminded Simon, the contestant on the NBC singing competition show is only 14 years old. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 13 Sep. 2022 Levy, El-Waylly and Guidara all share the same sentiment of rooting for each contestant. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 20 Oct. 2022 See More

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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 27 Nov. 2022.

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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