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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Before becoming an official royal, the stylish princess was a model and a reality TV star contestant in 2005 on Paradise Hotel, according to People. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Sofia of Sweden Celebrates Her 34th Birthday with a Stunning Portrait," 6 Dec. 2018 Santiago Felipe/Getty Images But not all Drag Race contestants speak out politically in fear of alienating fans — something that irritates longtime drag performer Jackie Beat. Daniel Villarreal, Vox, "Drag queens are more political than ever. Can they lead a movement?," 5 Nov. 2018 While the XPrize itself ended without a winner, Moon Express and some other contestants aren’t giving up on their goal of landing a spacecraft on the Moon. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Watch Two Cape Canaveral Launch Towers Meet Their End," 12 July 2018 Picture the scene: A stage and three podiums at which three contestants line up to face a studio audience. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Win a Game Show, Pay Off Your Student Debt," 12 July 2018 Those contestants will then be narrowed down to 10 speakers, who will compete in the World Championship of Public Speaking. Jane Stueckemann, Houston Chronicle, "Cy-Fair group helps make public speaking a passion for its members," 10 July 2018 The show references the contestants joining them in LA, but the mansion is actually located in Agoura Hills, a city in Los Angeles county. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need To Know About The Bachelor Mansion," 14 Nov. 2018 The closer the book approaches the two contestants, the more wooden and sapless the prose becomes. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, "‘The Grandmaster’ Review: The 64-Square Universe," 8 Nov. 2018 The women said at a pre-competition party, Marmel sat down with a group of four African American contestants, including the three who spoke Monday. Deepti Hajela, The Seattle Times, "Contestants accuse Mrs. America pageant CEO of racial bias," 15 Oct. 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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