qual·​i·​fi·​er | \ ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce qualifier (audio) \

Definition of qualifier

: one that qualifies: such as
a : one that satisfies requirements or meets a specified standard
b : a word (such as an adjective) or word group that limits or modifies the meaning of another word (such as a noun) or word group

Examples of qualifier in a Sentence

She's one of the qualifiers for the tournament. She'll be playing in the tournament this year after winning the qualifier.
Recent Examples on the Web Those results made Birch an automatic qualifier for the USA Cycling long team. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Arizona cyclist finds her way onto track, in contention for Tokyo Olympics," 20 June 2020 A month earlier, Li — who’s from Redwood City — had become the youngest qualifier in tournament history by winning the sectional event at the Old Course at Half Moon Bay by seven strokes. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "June 19, 2014: Lucy Li, 11, is youngest qualifier to play in U.S. Women’s Open," 19 June 2020 That slate will be highlighted by the Indiana Derby on July 8 -- a race that now serves as a qualifier for the rescheduled Kentucky Derby. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "Horse racing returns to Indiana Grand on June 15," 11 June 2020 As anti-government protests engulfed Hong Kong last year, thousands of fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the anthem was played at a World Cup qualifier match against Iran in September. Zen Soo, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hong Kong passes anthem law on Tiananmen anniversary," 4 June 2020 As anti-government protests engulfed Hong Kong last year, thousands of fans booed loudly and turned their backs when the anthem was played at a World Cup qualifier match against Iran in September. Time, "Hong Kong Outlaws Insulting China's National Anthem," 4 June 2020 But dreams of repeating for both took a hit when their local qualifiers were canceled in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Working Out From Home: USA Weightlifting allows its athletes to compete virtually," 21 Apr. 2020 The Vietnam International Challenge has been pushed back from Mach to June and won't act as a Tokyo 2020 qualifier. CNN, "How the coronavirus is impacting sport," 26 Feb. 2020 The Broncos joined Elkins as Region III-6A tournament qualifiers last year. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Morton Ranch, Paetow take district titles into boys basketball playoffs," 24 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of qualifier

1561, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Qualifier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualifier. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of qualifier

: a person or team that has defeated others to enter a competition
: a game or contest that a person or team must win in order to enter a particular competition
grammar : a word (such as an adjective or adverb) or phrase that describes another word or group of words

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