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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Toward the end, Onyeka sort of lost us with her drama with Nicole, which ultimately got both contestants eliminated. Glamour, "A Look Back at the Most Dramatic Fashion From The Bachelor Season 23," 12 Mar. 2019 From kissing a teen contestant to splitting her pants, Katy did a lot in season one that got folks talking. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See 'American Idol' Judge Katy Perry's Most Controversial Moments on the Show," 3 Mar. 2019 Trump would be coming to the White House with little more than the remnants of a campaign staff that included his daughter and son-in-law, a contestant from his reality-TV show and his longtime bodyguard. Jonathan Mahler, New York Times, "How One Conservative Think Tank Is Stocking Trump’s Government," 20 June 2018 The new series is a spin-off of an Australian production and will feature contestants that will compete in high-pressure cooking challenges. Niki Mcgloster,, "The Quick Read: Issa Rae Wears Belt With N-Word And Roasts Kanye West At CFDA Awards," 5 June 2018 Today, for the first time ever, The Bachelorette released an early look at the men who will appear as contestants on Season 15 of the ABC reality series and one particular bachelor stood out to me. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Jonathan Scott Turned Down a Shot at The Bachelor, Then ABC Casted a Property Brothers Lookalike Instead," 14 Mar. 2019 Another contestant in the Future Vertical Lift-Medium program is the Bell V-280 Valor, a tiltrotor design similar to the V-22 Osprey. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Potential Blackhawk Replacement Starts Ground Tests," 2 Feb. 2019 The contestants are all regular, relatable people who enjoy baking and are particularly good at it—and who smile even when they get eliminated, if that gives you any idea of the stakes. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "The Best Holiday Specials to Watch (and Stream) Now," 7 Dec. 2018 The former Celebrity Apprentice contestant is probably pretty bummed right now. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "6 Ways Trump Could Repurpose the Kim Summit Commemorative Coin," 24 May 2018

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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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