quar·​ter·​fi·​nal | \ ˌkwȯ(r)-tər-ˈfī-nᵊl How to pronounce quarterfinal (audio) \

Definition of quarterfinal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 quarterfinals plural : a quarterfinal round
2 : a quarterfinal match



Definition of quarterfinal (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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quarterfinalist \ ˌkwȯ(r)-​tər-​ˈfī-​nᵊl-​ist How to pronounce quarterfinalist (audio) \ noun

Examples of quarterfinal in a Sentence


He lost in the quarterfinal.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The 2008 squad was highly-touted, though it was knocked out in the state quarterfinals. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A baseball lifer, West Bend West's coach looks for a way to keep his edge without the game," 4 July 2018 From there, Costa Mesa advanced to the Division 7 quarterfinals. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team: Unexpected year from Kelli Kufta kept Huntington Beach strong," 8 July 2018 In 2001, Williams lost to Martina Hingis in the Australian Open quarterfinals after leading 4-1 in the third set. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Serena Williams Stumbles in Stunning Loss at the Australian Open," 23 Jan. 2019 More than two years ago, the U.S. lost to Sweden on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics, a dispiriting loss for the reigning World Cup champion. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Draws Favorable World Cup Group," 8 Dec. 2018 Katz lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament, which had a $50,000 prize pool. Alan Blinder, The Seattle Times, "Jacksonville shooting suspect appeared to be targeting specific gamers, police say," 28 Aug. 2018 And yet the weight of expectations remained overwhelming for young players, as Stephens learned at nineteen, after toppling Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open. Louisa Thomas, Vogue, "Can Sloane Stephens Repeat her US Open Triumph?," 16 Aug. 2018 Only one of the co-medalists advanced to the quarterfinals of the 110th Massachusetts Amateur golf tournament on Wednesday at George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park. Mia Berry, BostonGlobe.com, "Top seed eliminated in the round of 16 at the Mass. Amateur," 12 July 2018 For Belgium, which washed out in the quarterfinals of its last two major championships, a win Tuesday would take it to a World Cup final for the first time. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Togetherness has Belgium and Martinez a step away from World Cup history," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The dynamic point forward put up another dazzling array of shots in the team's quarterfinal game Saturday in the NBA 2K League's season-opening tournament. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "Cavs Legion takes fourth place in NBA 2K League's season-opening tournament," 7 May 2018 Novak Djokovic reacts during a quarterfinal loss to Marco Cecchinato at the 2018 French Open. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Novak Djokovic’s Journey From Superstar to Super-Vulnerable and Back Again," 28 Aug. 2018 Park said after Vietnam’s quarterfinal win over Syria set up a semifinal match against the South Koreans. John Duerden, The Seattle Times, "Son and co faced Vietnam and ‘Korean Hiddink’ at Asian Games," 27 Aug. 2018 The win means Belgium will head into its quarterfinal against Brazil in Kazan on Friday facing serious questions about its shaky defense and its painfully slow starts, but not about its resiliency. Jonathan Clegg, WSJ, "Belgium Rallies From Two-Goal Deficit to Stun Japan in the World Cup," 2 July 2018 In its quarterfinal, the Olympic-Colonial trailed 13-5 entering the bottom of the seventh inning in a 14-13 win over fellow South Jersey school Tri-Cape. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Another comeback vaults Olympic-Colonial into Carpenter Cup baseball championship," 22 June 2018 The Bulldogs outlasted South Bend Saint Joseph, 3-2, in their quarterfinal which was also played at Center Grove. Lewis Bagley, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel will face Brownsburg in girls tennis state semifinal," 1 June 2018 In Bulgaria, Mancari placed third in her quarterfinal and was the last-place finisher in her six-woman semifinal. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Bjornsen, Mancari gear up for Olympics with top-8 World Cup finishes," 28 Jan. 2018 Three days before, Duff had thrown 103 pitches over six innings in a 10-4 quarterfinal victory over St. John Vianney. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, "Elbow injuries - and surgery - affect high school pitchers more than anyone else," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of quarterfinal


1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1926, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of quarterfinal

: one of four matches, games, or contests to decide the four people or teams that will continue playing in a competition (such as a tennis tournament)

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