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quar·​ter·​fi·​nal ˌkwȯ(r)-tər-ˈfī-nᵊl How to pronounce quarterfinal (audio)
quarterfinals plural : a quarterfinal round
: a quarterfinal match
quarterfinalist noun


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: immediately preceding the semifinal in an elimination tournament
: of or participating in a quarterfinal

Examples of quarterfinal in a Sentence

Noun He lost in the quarterfinal.
Recent Examples on the Web
Advertisement After his team held Palisades to 10 points in the quarterfinals, coach Monty Gilbreath reaffirmed his belief that the Panthers have the best defense in the City, giving up only seven points per game and posting four shutouts. Steve Galluzzo, Los Angeles Times, 18 Nov. 2023 Rancho Bernardo has won two in a row, including 28-18 over Bishop’s in the quarterfinals. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2023 That’s followed by the round of 16 on Nov. 19 and then the quarterfinals and semifinals. Tim Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 While Wales lost to Argentina 17 to 29 in the quarterfinal on Saturday, Princess Kate still said that George had fun. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023 Canada has been strong throughout the World Cup, beating France, Latvia, Spain and Slovenia in the quarterfinals. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023 Birmingham pulled off the biggest upset in Wednesday’s quarterfinals, eliminating No. 2 Crenshaw 19-0. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Vincent Memorial beat Valhalla 42-15 last week. Prediction: Vincent Memorial 36, Hoover 32 (3) El Cajon Valley (5-6) at (2) Sweetwater (5-6) Preview: El Cajon Valley beat Kearny 49-6 in the quarterfinals. John Maffei, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2023 The day prior, Prince William stepped out at Stade Velodrome for the Rugby World Cup quarterfinal between Wales and Argentina with a surprise guest: Prince George! Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023
Here’s this weekend’s quarterfinal schedule for 14 Southern Section divisions and City Section divisions. Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 That’s because No. 10 Frances Tiafoe, who got to that stage 12 months ago, and unseeded Ben Shelton set up a quarterfinal meeting with wins Sunday. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Sep. 2023 After striking a free kick into France’s goal in the fifth minute of that quarterfinal match against the hosts in Paris, the lavender-haired star sprinted to a corner and lifted her arms in joy. Rebecca Cohen, NBC News, 12 Nov. 2023 After the quarterfinal match, when England beat Fiji, the Princess of Wales, 41, stopped into the team’s locker room to meet the players and congratulate them on the win. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 29 Oct. 2023 In a 4-0 quarterfinal win over Charlotte FC on Friday night at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Messi added another goal — his eighth in five games with Miami. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, 15 Aug. 2023 The first-place finishers in each of the six groups and one wild card in each conference will advance to an eight-team knockout round beginning with quarterfinal games that will be played at the home arenas of the teams with the best records in group play among those who advance. Dustin Dopirak, The Indianapolis Star, 15 Aug. 2023 Her most recent Instagram post shows a photo of her in the OL Reign uniform after the Oct. 20 National Women's Soccer League quarterfinal game against the Angel City FC. Chantz Martin, Fox News, 24 Oct. 2023 Pegula had run into her quarterfinal wall once more at Wimbledon, despite having a break point for a 5-1 lead in the third set against Marketa Vondrousova, the eventual champion. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 27 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of quarterfinal was in 1916

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“Quarterfinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarterfinal. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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