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
Recent Examples on the Web The 2021 graduate of Baltimore City College High School won first place in the 2021 Brave New Voices individual poetry slam and in 2020 The Baltimore Sun editorial board named her a Marylander of Year finalist for her social justice activism. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 20 June 2022 In 2020, Automatic Seafood and Oysters was named a finalist for the best new restaurant in America. Mary Colurso |, al, 13 June 2022 In 2019, Irma was named a finalist for the Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching, which honors exceptional teachers in the San Antonio area. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 26 May 2022 She was named a finalist for the Cheryl Miller Award, given to the top small forward in basketball. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 26 May 2022 In 2019, Garcia was one of 19 San Antonio-area teachers named a finalist for a Trinity University prize that recognizes excellence in teaching, according to NBC News. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 25 May 2022 In 2019, Garcia was one of 19 San Antonio-area teachers named a finalist for a Trinity University prize that recognizes excellence in teaching. Daniella Silva, NBC News, 25 May 2022 Lakers eyeing Atkinson: Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson has been named a finalist for the Lakers head-coaching job, along with Milwaukee assistant Darvin Ham and former Portland head coach Terry Stotts. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 May 2022 Florida Panthers forward and reigning Frank J. Selke Trophy winner Aleksander Barkov may have the chance to join an elite group after being named a finalist for the award for a second straight season on Tuesday. Brett Shweky, Sun Sentinel, 17 May 2022 See More

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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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22 Jun 2022

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“Finalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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