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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Meanwhile, there are some surprise qualifiers for the knockout round of the World Cup, such as the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Gary Washburn, BostonGlobe.com, "Celtics coach Brad Stevens will have plenty of choices with new-look roster," 7 Sep. 2019 The Wolverines were a surprise qualifier for the 2017 state meet with mostly a freshman/sophomore squad and then placed sixth at state last season. Buddy Collings, orlandosentinel.com, "Boys cross country: Windermere wants FHSAA state championship," 6 Sep. 2019 Nunn returns to lead the defense, while Dicola and Silvis are state qualifiers in wrestling and help bolster the defense. Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "Defense leads Medina’s swarm: 2019 football camp tour," 19 Aug. 2019 Stephens, a rising sophomore at Kinkaid, was the lone automatic qualifier June 19 at Farm D’Allie in Carencro, Louisiana. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Chen, Sinz, Stephens among U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur golf qualifiers," 15 July 2019 As is Coco Gauff, a 15-year-old American who is now the youngest Wimbledon qualifier in the Open Era. Ava Wallace, The Denver Post, "Wimbledon 2019: What you need to know," 1 July 2019 The new wave includes the 15-year-old Cori Gauff, known as Coco, who is the youngest women’s qualifier in Wimbledon history. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Serena Williams’s Coach Says She Is Pain Free. Watch Out, Wimbledon?," 29 June 2019 His brother, Morris, was a two-time qualifier for the CIF State wrestling championships, placing sixth at 182 pounds as a senior at Calvary Chapel in 2016. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Daily Pilot Wrestling Dream Team: Fountain Valley’s Max Wilner has handled success well," 28 June 2019 For the third straight year, Kyle Larson was the top qualifier for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350. Tom Fitzgerald, SFChronicle.com, "Kyle Larson tops NASCAR Cup qualifying at Sonoma for 3rd straight year," 22 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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