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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Examples of contestant in a Sentence

The contestant who catches the most fish wins. The winning contestants will receive a cash prize.
Recent Examples on the Web At first, the two would avoid the group chat, which consisted of all the contestants that made it out of the pods. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Diamond & Carlton Are Friends Again Thanks To The Love Is Blind Group Chat," 19 Feb. 2020 None of the 20 contestants competing in Survivor: Winners at War publicly identify as LGBTQ. Alex Rees, Time, "Survivor's New Season Brings Back Many of the Show's Most Influential Winners. Where Is Original Champion Richard Hatch?," 12 Feb. 2020 Cano also tied, with Gabe Distefano, for the male Spirit Award, an honor that was voted on by the contestants. Don Maines, Houston Chronicle, "Here are this year’s Majestic Court winners," 12 Feb. 2020 Peter is taking the remaining six contestants to Peru for another round of dates and drama on The Bachelor, which airs tonight, Monday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Alicia Kortendick, cleveland, "The Bachelor | How to watch episode 7, live stream, time, TV channel," 11 Feb. 2020 And that's only the beginning of the craziness the contestants encounter. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Going to a 'Masked Singer' Taping Is Like Visiting a Top-Secret CIA Compound," 6 Feb. 2020 Sikorsky is teamed with Boeing in the contest, with the Army in March expected to trim the contestants to two from five for an initial buy of 476 choppers worth an estimated $15 billion. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Lockheed Martin Targets Sikorsky Growth," 28 Jan. 2020 Bersten and Brown came out on top after weeks of tough criticisms from the judges, with both Brown and fans of the show picking up on the fact that the judges were being much harder on her than the other contestants. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "'Dancing With The Stars' Winner Alan Bersten Still Can't Believe He Won Season 28," 27 Jan. 2020 The next year, Swe Zin Htet became the first gay contestant to compete for Miss Universe. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "She is the first openly bisexual contestant in Miss USA's 68-year history," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of contestant

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for contestant

contest entry 1 + -ant entry 1

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The first known use of contestant was in 1665

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24 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Contestant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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How to pronounce contestant (audio)

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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