fi·​nal·​ist | \ ˈfī-nə-list How to pronounce finalist (audio) \

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

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The other two finalists also receive $5,000 to donate. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Arizona Coyotes purchase by Alex Meruelo approved by NHL Board of Governors," 19 June 2019 The national finalists are chosen through nomination programs in more than 90 communities throughout the country. Sheila Vilvens,, "Northside man in Washington, D.C. to receive national award," 18 June 2019 After the two finalists are selected, the Conservative Party’s 160,000 or so official members will vote. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The race to be the next British prime minister, briefly explained," 18 June 2019 For more info on the Sporkies finalists go to Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 finalists (yes, some are on a stick) for the 2019 Wisconsin State Fair new-food competition, the Sporkies," 17 June 2019 The two companies’ initial effort earned them a spot among 10 semi-finalists in the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Gamifying Pediatrics Hackathon in April. Pratik Joshi, The Denver Post, "Longmont company’s AI tech to help kids with behavioral issues," 16 June 2019 Opening the season with a trip to Champions League finalists Tottenham, Villa then face Bournemouth, Everton, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Arsenal., "Aston Villa 2019/20 Premier League Fixtures: When Villans Play Liverpool, Tottenham, Arsenal & More," 15 June 2019 This month Fuller was named a top 10 finalist for the 15th annual Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award given by the SilverSneakers senior health program. Taylor Hartz, Naperville Sun, "No lounging around for this retiree — Naperville woman's physical activity has led to nomination for national award," 15 June 2019 All finalists will have their art entered into the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California competition, which will include prizes and recognition in December. Andrew J. Campa,, "‘Water is Life’ art contest draws winners from Monte Vista Elementary, Rosemont Middle schools," 14 June 2019

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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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