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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Hannah will need it, if the Bachelorette contestant profiles are any indication. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 15 Episode 1 Recap: This Might Be the Best Season Yet?," 14 May 2019 But Bachelor Nation was the most excited/irritated/enraged by a very special contestant by the name of John Paul Jones, who works at... Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "All the Very Best Reactions to 'Bachelorette' Contestant John Paul Jones on Twitter," 14 May 2019 As construction began on both rooms, contestants were met with the inevitable complications. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "See the Dramatic Reveal from the Best Room Wins Series Premiere," 2 May 2019 Luke was one of four contestants to make it to hometown dates (go here for more details on her season so far) and Luke and Hannah were spotted holding hands and walking into a local dining spot (Curt's Cafeteria) to meet some of his friends. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Luke Parker, a Bachelorette Contestant on Hannah Brown's Season?," 29 Apr. 2019 Viewers of the show don't like that the 2019 cast consists of past contestants from The Amazing Race, Survivor, and Big Brother. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Amazing Race' Fans Are DONE With Season 31 After Discovering the Truth About the 2019 Contestants," 18 Apr. 2019 This year, most of the contestants are putting sustainability at the forefront of their brands and priding themselves on environmental consciousness and implementing ethical changes in fashion. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "This Year’s LVMH Prize Finalists Focus In On Sustainability In Fashion," 27 Mar. 2019 However, a quick scan of the contest's rules includes no mention of contestants agreeing to any sort of ongoing filmed content as part of the contest (especially since most of the three-month period will be spent in participants' home cities). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Pokémon Go creators launch AR-game contest that (nearly) resembles American Idol," 21 Dec. 2018 Last year, Abasolo received the final rose from Lindsay during the Season 13 finale after a season that was rife with big moments including an alleged cheating scandal between one of the contestants and an ex-girlfriend. Julius Young, Fox News, "'Bachelorette' alum Rachel Lindsay gives advice to Becca Kufrin for finding love amid this season's drama," 20 July 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 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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