quar·ter·fi·nal | \ˌkwȯ(r)-tər-ˈfī-nᵊl \

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 \ noun

Examples of quarterfinal in a Sentence


He lost in the quarterfinal.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Paunovic made eight changes in relation to the lineup that started midweek against the Philadelphia Union with another midweek game coming up in mind, this Wednesday against Louisville City in the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals at Toyota Park. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "10-man Chicago Fire drop their 3rd straight against FC Dallas," 14 July 2018 USA TODAY Sports Days after Brazil's disappointing defeat at the hands of Belgium in the World Cup quarterfinals, the team's biggest star, Neymar, took to Instagram to express his feelings. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, "Neymar: World Cup exit is 'saddest moment of my career'," 9 July 2018 After England gave up a tying goal to Brazil in first-half stoppage time in the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, Southgate felt coach Sven-Goran Eriksson lacked inspirational oratory in the locker room at halftime. Ronald Blum, The Seattle Times, "Can Southgate rouse England before Croatia match?," 9 July 2018 The plan was unveiled against the backdrop of host country Russia’s exciting run to the quarterfinals of soccer's World Cup, with some critics accusing the Kremlin of trying to bury the news by announcing it during the tournament. Elena Holodny /, NBC News, "Vladimir Putin's popularity dips amid retirement age proposal," 9 July 2018 England faces off with Sweden in the World Cup quarterfinals on Saturday. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "How to Watch Sweden vs. England: World Cup Live Stream, TV Channel, Time," 7 July 2018 The World Cup quarterfinals are set, eight teams remain and the intrigue is thick. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Casting a wary eye toward World Cup host Russia," 6 July 2018 France's Antoine Griezmann didn't do much celebrating after his goal Friday against Uruguay in the quarterfinals of the World Cup. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Uruguay goalie's blunder gifts a goal to France at World Cup," 6 July 2018 Moore and the American 17U team will play Croatia in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup in Argentina Friday. Langston Wertz Jr., charlotteobserver, "Here's how to see UNC's latest recruit, top shoe-sponsored AAU teams battle this weekend," 5 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The eight-time Wimbledon champion entered the quarterfinal match against No. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Roger Federer had a brutally honest response to his stunning Wimbledon upset," 11 July 2018 Russia and Croatia face off Satuday, July 7 in the final quarterfinal match of the 2018 World Cup. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "How to Watch Russia vs. Croatia: World Cup Live Stream, TV Channel, Time," 7 July 2018 The sport makes for a rigorous workout, especially on the elite stage of the World Cup, which has quarterfinal matches starting Friday. Tom Avril, Philly.com, "World Cup athletes burn a lot of energy. But some sports are even more demanding," 6 July 2018 The winner of the Colombia-England game will advance to a quarterfinal match against Sweden. Houston Chronicle, "England defeats Colombia on PKs to reach World Cup quarterfinals," 3 July 2018 After dropping the first set in their quarterfinal match, Liam and Tayte quickly figured things out. Curt Hogg, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The 8 stars of spring: Homestead's Drew Bosley, Whitnall's Haley Wynn among the best and brightest from 2018 spring sports," 18 June 2018 The top eight teams advance to quarterfinal match play on Tuesday, with the team national champion being crowned on Wednesday. Tyson Alger, OregonLive.com, "Oregon Ducks at the 2018 Men's Golf NCAA Championships: Tournament preview, how to watch," 24 May 2018 Drake surprised the masses by arriving in time for Serena Williams's quarterfinal match against Camila Giorgi. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "All the Celebrities Who Went to Wimbledon This Year," 11 July 2018 The possibility remains that Wade may have played his final game in a Heat jersey, or any NBA uniform for that matter, on Tuesday night when the 76ers handed Miami a 104-91 loss to clinch victory in their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Andre C. Fernandez, miamiherald, "After a renaissance in Miami, Dwyane Wade's decision looms. But don’t expect it soon | Miami Herald," 25 Apr. 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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