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

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For one night only, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was transformed into American fashion’s hub, with CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winners and finalists from the past 15 years of the competition coming together to celebrate the class of 2018. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Inside the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Fashion Show," 6 Nov. 2018 In 2018, England have beaten the highest ranked African team in the tournament, 2014’s quarter finalists and the side that stopped Italy from even reaching Russia., "Detractors Calling England's Run 'Easy' Have Failed to Learn Lessons of World Cup History," 10 July 2018 That's the reigning champion, the all-time trophy holder, a global titan, a five-time finalist and the defending European winner — the last two of which employ the sport's two most electrifying players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. Steven Goff,, "'Hard-working, compact, united and well-organized': The World Cup's surprising final four," 8 July 2018 Winners are chosen based on student academic record, scores from two standardized tests, contributions and leadership in school and community activities, essays written by the finalists, and recommendations written by high school officials. Elaine Rooker Jack, The Courier-Journal, "11 students from Kentucky, Indiana win National Merit Scholarships," 6 July 2018 Iceland’s underdog dreams bear fruit against Argentina A more surprising tie was between Argentina, the two-time champions and 2014 finalists, and Iceland, a team taking part in its first ever World Cup. Siobhan Morrin, Time, "The 5 Biggest Shocks in the World Cup So Far," 18 June 2018 The winner, finalists and Rising Star will be announced in April 2019, and each will receive $1 million-dollar prizes. Adrianne Richardson, miamiherald, "Two students win $1,000 Miami-Dade County Youth Fair service awards," 12 June 2018 And for a fun night of tiki drinks and superb Asian small plates, reserve a table at UNI, a contemporary izakaya helmed by James Beard Award finalists and chef-partners, Ken Oringer and Tony Messina. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Places to Go for Father's Day," 8 June 2018 The Twitter account for the Spelling Bee competition showed the finalists and included details on how to watch the competition Thursday: It's been a long road of hard work and sacrifice, but this moment makes it worth it. CBS News, "41 finalists advance in 2018 National Spelling Bee competition," 30 May 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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