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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Serena Williams was struggling to win against the teenage qualifier Kaja Juvan. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Rafael Nadal Doesn’t Fall for Nick Kyrgios’s Bag of Tricks," 4 July 2019 Alexander Zverev, 22, was sent packing by qualifier Jiri Vesely. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Coco Gauff, 15, beats Venus Williams at Wimbledon and declares: ‘I want to be the greatest’," 2 July 2019 Nadal starts off against qualifier Yuichi Sugita of Japan, and Federer's first opponent is Lloyd Harris, a 22-year-old South African making his Wimbledon debut. sun-sentinel.com, "Wimbledon draw: Federer, Nadal could meet in semifinals," 28 June 2019 Nine-year-old Chuck Smolka of Staten Island, New York, outlasted more than 5,000 qualifiers. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "VR Home Run Derby to be held in Cleveland," 26 June 2019 That means the top 15 from the qualifiers must do 10 more strenuous obstacles for a shot at the National Finals course in Las Vegas. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Inside the Extremely Intense 'American Ninja Warrior' Tryout Process," 24 June 2019 Giolito entered Tuesday third in the majors among qualified pitchers with a 2.22 ERA after finishing last among qualifiers last season with a 6.13 mark. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Lucas Giolito hopes to make up for last year’s flop at Wrigley Field: ‘I want to give the fans a show’," 18 June 2019 The Travelers Championship open qualifier was held Monday at Ellington Ridge Country Club in Ellington. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Former winners and defending major champs highlight featured Travelers Championship pairings," 17 June 2019 The Oklahoma City qualifiers will air Monday night. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati's 'American Ninja Warrior' episode delayed," 17 June 2019

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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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