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

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



  • noncompetitor
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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 Lance Bass welcomed former Bachelorette Becca Kufrin as the beach’s newest contestant. Haley Kluge, Variety, 31 Aug. 2021 After her explanation, Ru makes her Werkroom rounds to check on her contestant-prisoners’ progress. Paul Mccallion, Vulture, 12 Aug. 2021 The last contestant standing – by way of charm, deception, skill or luck – will take home $500,000. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 24 June 2021 Demi stirs the pot and Tammy exposes another contestant. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 24 Aug. 2021 This season also marks the return of Tahzjuan, the people’s contestant. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 24 Aug. 2021 For a contestant to fix her appearance felt like hypocrisy, these critics seemed to think. Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2021 And that’s what a normal reality television contestant would have done. Charlotte Walsh, Vulture, 22 Aug. 2021 While other actors drew inspiration from popular shows like Schitt's Creek, The Morning Show and Fleabag, Kaley decided to portray a contestant from The Bachelorette. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, 22 Aug. 2021

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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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14 Sep 2021

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“Contestant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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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