con·​tes·​tant | \kən-ˈte-stənt 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


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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The incident occurred in 2016, yet Lincoln somehow passed the show’s background checks and was allowed to be a contestant. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Bachelorette Power Rankings: Becca endures a brutally awkward elimination in Week 4," 19 June 2018 The teacher made his first formal application to be a contestant in 2002. Anne Marie Hunter, kansascity, "Educators for $800, Alex: This Kansas teacher just won a 'Jeopardy!' tournament | The Kansas City Star," 18 May 2018 Back in 2016, President Donald Trump’s second ex-wife, Marla Maples, was a contestant in the Italian version of Dancing With the Stars, entitled Ballando con le Stelle. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Ivana Is the Latest Trump Ex-Wife to Appear on Italian Dancing With the Stars," 7 May 2018 Kyra Lewis is a contestant from Cleveland High School. Jacob Mcadams, Houston Chronicle, "Eight young ladies vying for Dairy Day rodeo queen crown," 18 Jan. 2018 The debut set from the RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant (season 10) sold 1,000 copies in the week ending July 5, according to Nielsen Music. Gordon Murray, Billboard, "Sabrina Carpenter & Jonas Blue Take 'Alien' to No. 1 on Dance Club Songs Chart," 12 July 2018 The rest of the contestants: (2) Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, (6) Cubs second baseman Javier Baez and (7) Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman. Noel Harris, sacbee, "Rhys Hoskins is in the Home Run Derby. Why he wanted a different All-Star celebration," 11 July 2018 Then again, with this current crop of Bachelorette contestants, who knows what might have happened., "Becca Kufrin Had Her Own Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen Moment On The Bachelorette," 30 June 2018 The daily game show features a panel of comedians who provide funny answers to questions, which two contestants competing for cash, must decide are true or false. Anita Bennett, Fortune, "Funny You Should Ask – Byron Allen Is Ready to Conquer the Movie Business," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of contestant

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of contestant

: a person who takes part in a contest


con·​tes·​tant | \kən-ˈtes-tənt \

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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