qual·​i·​fi·​er ˈkwä-lə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce qualifier (audio)
: one that qualifies: such as
: one that satisfies requirements or meets a specified standard
: 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 Now England beckons too, and this week he has been moved from the under-21 squad to the senior squad for Euro 2024 qualifiers against Malta and North Macedonia along with former City teammate Rico Lewis. James Nalton, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Other qualifiers include being the child of a parent in active military service or a child who has experienced homelessness or foster care. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 25 Oct. 2023 Otherwise, the three clubs are ranked by their overall winning percentage against one another, and the club with the highest overall winning percentage is the qualifier. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2023 The un-winnable fight eventually led fish and wildlife agencies to simply accept them, even lifting catch-and-release restrictions and adding them as state-record qualifiers. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 25 Oct. 2023 All European qualifiers, UEFA Nations League ties and friendlies between major tournaments will be shown on ITV from September 2024 through to June 2028. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 18 Sep. 2023 After warming up with a weekend of qualifier matches, the meat of the tournament — now sponsored by Cybiotika — gets rolling Monday morning with 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams competing to make it all the way to Saturday’s finals. Ivan Carter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Sep. 2023 Emma, then a freshman, finished seventh at the Division 1 championship meet; Charlotte, a sophomore, finished 19th after winning the Division 1B qualifier the previous week. Matty Wasserman, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Sep. 2023 Our first Nice Day qualifier this week with partly to mostly sunny skies as highs elevate to the upper half of the 60s to even near 70. Matt Rogers, Washington Post, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1561, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of qualifier was in 1561

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“Qualifier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/qualifier. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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qual·​i·​fi·​er ˈkwäl-ə-ˌfī(-ə)r How to pronounce qualifier (audio)
: a person or thing that meets requirements
: a word or word group that limits the meaning of another word or word group : modifier

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