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

Noun He lost in the quarterfinal.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Melrose defeated Foxborough, 63-18, in the quarterfinals and Holliston, 45-30, in the semifinals. Michael Mcmahon, BostonGlobe.com, "St. John’s Prep wrestling pins down near-perfect 34-0-1 finish in D1 Duals," 8 Feb. 2020 Manvel went 13-1 last season, advancing to the 5A Division II state quarterfinals and outscored opponents by more than 400 points throughout the season. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "UIL Realignment will give the Crosby Cougars several new looks," 3 Feb. 2020 The 22-year-old has been beaten twice in the quarterfinals and three times in the fourth round at majors, but bounced back from a disappointing opening set on Wednesday to finally make that last four breakthrough. George Ramsay, CNN, "Rafael Nadal crashes out of Australian Open against Dominic Thiem," 29 Jan. 2020 The Argonauts ended defending champ Valdosta State’s 25-game winning streak in the second round, Lenoir-Rhyne’s 15-game home winning streak in the quarterfinals and 2018 finalist Ferris State’s 14-win run at home in the semifinals. Schuyler Dixon, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State-Mankato’s last-minute drive fails, West Florida wins Division II title, 48-40," 21 Dec. 2019 The two won four matches at state, rallying from one set down to beat Madison West’s Camille Vada and Sophie Knigge in the quarterfinals and upsetting top seed Lauren Sobieski and Maddie Toboyek of Muskego in the semifinals. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Who should be the Journal Sentinel's prep athlete for Oct. 14-19?," 23 Oct. 2019 Berlin will accommodate the Play-Ins and Group Stage before sending the top eight teams to Madrid for the quarterfinals and semifinals. Miles Yim, Washington Post, "Faker’s Michael Jordan-like return highlights League of Legends World Championship story lines," 2 Oct. 2019 The senior was a driving force in the Bruins’ run to the Class 5A state championship game last season, putting up 100-yard rushing performances against Ralston Valley and Columbine in the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Cherry Creek running back Seamus Henderson sustains season-ending injury," 30 Aug. 2019 The Dunkin Save is the special live voting round in the AGT quarterfinals and semifinals. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How the 'AGT' 2019 "Dunkin Save" Vote Works, in Case You're Confused," 13 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Desert Vista, Shadow Ridge and Hamilton's third-tier squad advanced to the semis last weekend, leaving three quarterfinal games to be played this weekend at the Scottsdale Ice Den-Coyotes rink early Saturday. Jesse Morrison, azcentral, "No. 1 Notre Dame Prep vs. No. 4 Chaparral highlights state high school hockey playoff weekend," 31 Jan. 2020 The tournament begins Tuesday with six first-round games at home sites, followed by four quarterfinal games at home sites on Thursday, two semifinal games at Tech on Saturday and the championship game on Monday at Tech. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "City tournament begins this week: Matchups, players to watch and predictions," 20 Jan. 2020 Champlin Park dominated the first half of its Class 6A state quarterfinal matchup with Rosemount in every facet but on the scoreboard. Paul Hodowanic, Twin Cities, "Class 6A state football: Champlin Park surges past Rosemount and into semifinals," 7 Nov. 2019 In overtime, freshman Elizabeth Loftus saw a window of opportunity and unleashed a wrist shot to send the Raiders (18-1) to a win in their quarterfinal matchup against the Warriors (11-6-3). BostonGlobe.com, "Approximately 4,200 runners from 246 schools converged on the Wrentham Development Center for the Frank Mooney Coaches Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The mind-set of most runners was to prepare for the MIAA State Divisional Meets, which is next week on the same course.," 3 Nov. 2019 The two-time defending champions face the winners of Group B, Colombia, on Friday in the last quarterfinal matchup. Julius Long And David Close, CNN, "Baseball royalty and rivalry, multiple World Cups and motor sports are ones to watch this weekend," 28 June 2019 The Kingwood duo made it to the quarterfinal round at state. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Sports: The top 10 highlights from Humble ISD athletics in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 This story has been updated to clarify that UAA hockey’s victory over Boston College happened in the first round of the playoffs and sent the Seawolves to the quarterfinal round. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Marcie Trent, Matt Carle lead Alaska Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020," 13 Dec. 2019 After attending classes at Orangewood for the required five days, as outlined in the FHSAA manual, Johnson was eligible to carry the ball nine times for 68 yards in a Class 2A region quarterfinal win over Deltona Trinity on Nov. 11. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "FHSAA rule allowed football freshman to play regular season at East Ridge, postseason at Orangewood," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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“Quarterfinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarterfinal. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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