fi·nal·ist | \ˈfī-nə-list \

Definition of finalist 

: a contestant in a competition finals

Examples of finalist in a Sentence

They interviewed all of the finalists before making a decision. a finalist in the tennis tournament

Recent Examples on the Web

The judges named the winner among five finalists Tuesday in Katy. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Katy father of two wins coveted prize for kolache creation," 13 July 2018 Two Central Florida teachers are among five finalists who will be vying for Florida’s Teacher of the Year honors at a gala ceremony tonight. Leslie Postal,, "Florida to announce Teacher of the Year tonight," 13 July 2018 Brown and the other five finalists have their work on display at the BMA now through Aug. 5. Katie V. Jones, Howard County Times, "Laurel photographer's perceptions of beauty," 12 July 2018 Two of the reported finalists for his seat, Kavanaugh and Kethledge, once clerked for Kennedy. Bob Egelko,, "Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee Monday evening," 10 July 2018 As the New York Times first reported and The Washington Post confirmed, McConnell suggested to Trump that either Raymond Kethledge or Thomas Hardiman would be easier to confirm than Kavanaugh or Barrett, the other finalist. Aaron Blake, Washington Post, "4 big questions about Brett Kavanaugh," 10 July 2018 The Heat and Houston Rockets are believed to be the finalists for Anthony’s services, with Rockets officials also said to have met with Anthony's representatives. Ira Winderman,, "Carmelo Anthony as a Heat option grows as a possibility," 10 July 2018 The mix-and-match corporatist ideology of Kavanaugh and the other finalists freed Trump to make his Supreme Court pick based on the things that really matter…to Trump. Will Bunch,, "The unbearable whiteness of being Trump's judicial picks | Will Bunch," 10 July 2018 The couple are getting ready to hit the road with the rest of the Top 7 finalists: Cade Foehner, Catie Turner, Gabby Barrett, Jurnee, and Michael J. Woodard. Melody Chiu,, "American Idol Alums Maddie Poppe and Caleb Lee Hutchinson's Once-Secret Romance Is Going Strong: 'We Get Each Other'," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of finalist

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for finalist

final entry 1 + -ist entry 1

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The first known use of finalist was in 1898

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English Language Learners Definition of finalist

: a person who competes in the last part of a competition

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