qual·​i·​fi·​er | \ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī(-ə)r \

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

Cox again was a multiple-event state qualifier as a sophomore, junior and senior, setting school records along the way. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Oak Brook Athlete of the Year award provides a reunion for friends who attended different high schools," 9 July 2018 The track is USA Track & Field certified and will be the first Boston Marathon qualifier ever run entirely in a NFL stadium. Jenna West, SI.com, "Gillette Stadium to Host Marathon Inside for Charity," 6 July 2018 On the boys side, seventh-grader Mathew Hinds was Christa McAuliffe's lone qualifier at the county meet. Alex Kushel, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Christa McAuliffe tracksters in top form at middle school county meet," 17 June 2018 Antioch junior Chase Becker was the final qualifier in the discus at 159-1. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "A slam dunk: Basketball recruit Branden Ellis advances to state finals in pair of events for Warren," 26 May 2018 Senior Juma Sei expended minimal effort in posting the top qualifying times in the 100, 200 and 400, while Dawit Dean is the top qualifier in the 800. OregonLive.com, "Oregon high school state track and field Day 1: Photos, highlights, team races, top performances," 18 May 2018 His winning time of 15.31 seconds was nearly a length faster than the one posted by Striver, who was the second fastest qualifier with a time of :15.44. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Jon White’s final Preakness rankings," 18 May 2018 From 1986-2012, graded-stakes earnings was the top qualifier for participation. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Justify aims to continue streak of favorites winning Kentucky Derby," 1 May 2018 Windermere’s Ugarte soars to state in girls jumps Windermere High School sophomore Amaya Ugarte is a state qualifier for the first time. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, ""Region of Death" track and field report | West Orange girls, Brantley boys take titles," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of qualifier

1561, in the meaning defined above

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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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