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.

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The cafe hosts its own tournaments and players sometimes use its 30 computers to participate in qualifiers for professional tournaments. Sarah E. Needleman, WSJ, "Shooting at Jacksonville Videogame Event Puts Focus on Security," 27 Aug. 2018 Korkmaz recently returned from a two-game stint with the Turkish national team in FIBA World Cup qualifiers in his home country. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers' Furkan Korkmaz looking to showcase skills in NBA Summer League," 6 July 2018 Nigeria is 3-0 in World Cup qualifiers, with blowout wins over Mali, Rwanda and Uganda in late February. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville's Jordan Nwora to play for Nigeria in World Cup qualifiers," 11 June 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Moore earned $5,000 for snaring the match roping title against four-time National Finals qualifier Marty Yates of Stephenville. Brett Hoffman, star-telegram, "'It’s like a hometown rodeo for me.' Ponder product enjoys success at 45th Ryon Roping | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 26 May 2018 The University of Portland's Riley Osen squeaked into Friday's steeplechase final as a time qualifier. Tim Brown, OregonLive.com, "MLB draft: Parker Kelly of Oregon Ducks selected by St. Louis Cardinals, could join his brother Carson in big leagues," 6 June 2018 The Three Lions kick off against Tunisia, who head a north African revival at this World Cup, on June 18 in Volgograd before facing first-time qualifiers Panama on June 24 (Nizhny Novograd) and finally Belgium on June 28 (Kaliningrad). SI.com, "2018 FIFA World Cup Team Preview: Analysing England's Chances at the Tournament," 5 June 2018 The Gold Cup includes six automatic qualifiers — the U.S., Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago, along with 10 open spots secured through qualification. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "U.S. women’s national team, 2019 Gold Cup men’s doubleheader coming to KC | The Kansas City Star," 16 May 2018 The four-time state qualifier has signed to continue his wrestling career at San Francisco State. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Daily Pilot Wrestling Dream Team: Edison’s Elijah Palacio excelled in new home," 4 May 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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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