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 Council members Toby Shaw and Tish Powell are the task force liaisons and worked with city staff to identify a finalist for the role. Gloria Casas,, "Elgin to spend $160,000 for consultants to help with the creation of a policing task force," 27 Feb. 2021 Every finalist competes for one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships that are awarded on a state-representational basis. Ed Wittenberg, cleveland, "Orange Schools 8-year-old author publishes comic/graphic novel," 26 Feb. 2021 Alina Mueller, a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier Award last season, had five goals and 11 assists in January to edge out teammate Skylar Fontaine for Hockey East player of the month. Andrew Mahoney,, "Boston College, Boston University resume crosstown rivalry," 4 Feb. 2021 The team’s rotation is anchored by Hyun-jin Ryu, a finalist for the Cy Young Award in 2020, who signed a four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto last off-season. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "George Springer Reaches $150 Million Deal With Toronto," 20 Jan. 2021 Lloyd, a University of Utah redshirt junior linebacker and a finalist for last season’s Butkus Award, will return to Salt Lake City in 2021 as a redshirt junior. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Red All Over: Devin Lloyd’s return finishes Utah football’s major offseason business. Can the Utes contend in 2021?," 14 Jan. 2021 Blockhus was a three-time Iowa state champion and four-time finalist for New Hampton High School, with a 166-8 career record. Star Tribune, "Michael Blockhus, transfer from Northern Iowa, joins Gophers wrestling team," 22 Dec. 2020 Doncic started as Rookie of the Year, then became a finalist for Most Improved Player during his second season. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, "Dallas Mavericks 2020-21 predictions: How real is the Luka Doncic MVP buzz?," 22 Dec. 2020 The finalist for the two medals will be announced on March 10, 2021, and the winners will be announced March 24, according to the UT website. Sonia Ramirez, Chron, "UT Austin introduces Dan Rather Medals for relentless reporting," 18 Dec. 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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6 Mar 2021

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“Finalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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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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