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 finalists will present their proposals at in-person interviews, and four will be selected by Oct. 12 to complete artworks. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Historical society hosts competition for rotating replacements for St. Paul City Council’s controversial wall art," 8 Sep. 2019 The command's startup headquarters will be in Colorado – the favorite to land the HQ with four cities among the six finalists that also includes Huntsville. Paul Gattis |, al, "Huntsville ‘best choice’ for Space Command, Byrne says," 4 Sep. 2019 The finalists were chosen by a bipartisan selection committee comprised of attorneys appointed by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff A. Merkley and U.S. Rep. Greg Walden. oregonlive, "President Trump nominates Washington County’s presiding judge to fill vacancy on federal appeals court," 29 Aug. 2019 Meet the visionary finalists for our Designer of the Year award. Marielle Bobo, Essence, "ESSENCE Best In Black Fashion Awards: Meet The 2019 Designer of the Year Nominees," 28 Aug. 2019 The Last Cowboy The finalists battle it out is the season finale. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘Yellowstone’ on Paramount," 27 Aug. 2019 The firm was among the two finalists who gave hour-long presentations to department officials. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Sept. 1, 2020 anticipated opening date for HCESD No. 48 fire station," 19 Aug. 2019 Unite North County Inland’s Backpack Program is among 200 finalists chosen out of 2,000 projects submitted in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant competition. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Local nonprofit needs votes to win $25K to feed kids in need," 19 Aug. 2019 Among the 12 finalists taking the stage Tuesday night was singer-rapper Sophie Pecora. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "‘America’s Got Talent’ live shows: Did Danville teen woo the voters?," 13 Aug. 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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