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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 Rowley's photo beat out 25 other finalists of more than 48,000 images submitted for the contest, and 28,000 nature photography fans voted, the museum said. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Mice fighting over crumbs in subway station wins wildlife photo award in stunning image," 12 Feb. 2020 Siba was chosen from seven finalists in front of a cheering crowd at Madison Square Garden. Steve Almasy, CNN, "Westminster Dog Show's 'Best in Show Award' goes to Siba, a standard poodle," 11 Feb. 2020 The Republic last month reported that DeWit had been a finalist for the job of administrator of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System but wasn't hired. Dan Nowicki, azcentral, "Jeff DeWit, former state treasurer, announces exit from NASA, will return to Arizona," 11 Feb. 2020 Two other Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, also were on the initial list of finalists released this week. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Three Spurs among 44 finalists for Olympic team," 10 Feb. 2020 See how some of this year’s finalists reacted to the news below. Jessica Roiz, Billboard, "Here's What J Balvin, Luis Fonsi & More Have to Say About 2020 Billboard Latin Music Award Nods," 5 Feb. 2020 In another rematch between last year’s D4 South finalists, the Skippers can avenge a 68-59 loss at Abington on Dec. 23. Nate Weitzer,, "After his parting at Cathedral, Larry Merritt gained a new lease at Cristo Rey," 3 Feb. 2020 One of America's most acclaimed young poets, Danez Smith is the author of Don't Call Us Dead, a 2017 National Book Award finalist. TheWeek, "Danez Smith recommends their 6 favorite books," 2 Feb. 2020 James then was one of 15 finalists voted on the day before the Super Bowl in 2016, 2018, 2019 and this year. Adam Fisher, Indianapolis Star, "'You just have to be patient.' Colts star Edgerrin James finally gets the call to Canton," 1 Feb. 2020

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Finalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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