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 quarterfinal (audio) \ noun

Examples of quarterfinal in a Sentence

Noun He lost in the quarterfinal.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Hoosiers face No. 19 Marquette on Thursday with a place in the quarterfinal on the line. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, "Roman Celentano heroics the norm as IU goalie helps drive another NCAA tournament run," 5 May 2021 McClintock doubles partners Zach Daniels and Jackson Fischer were that bracket's lowest seed at No. 8 who knocked off top seed Nogales' Emilio Heredia and Gustavo Acosta Jr. in the opening-round quarterfinal on May 1. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona boys and girls tennis singles, doubles state championships return with familiar schools dominating," 4 May 2021 The fifth seed beat Norbert Gombos, 6-4, 6-4, in a quarterfinal that was suspended because of rain Friday, then blew away Casper Ruud, 6-1, 6-2, in the semifinals. BostonGlobe.com, "UConn women’s basketball star Paige Bueckers undergoes ankle surgery," 1 May 2021 Peters had hit a 3-pointer at the end of overtime to stun Notre Dame in a 58-56 win in a quarterfinal on Friday. Nick Frazier, chicagotribune.com, "Boys basketball notes: Blake Peters, Daeshawn Hemphill and Evanston’s other seniors make one last run together in Clash of Champions," 15 Mar. 2021 DeJon Jarreau had his first triple-double with 15 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, helping No. 7 Houston to a 77-52 victory over Tulane in a quarterfinal in Fort Worth, Texas. San Francisco Chronicle, "Kansas, Virginia halt activities after virus outbreaks," 12 Mar. 2021 An interesting quarterfinal could see Dusendang and Luders with the SW Miami senior having a 1-0 head-to-head advantage after a 6-5 win this season. Brant Parsons, orlandosentinel.com, "Class 3A state wrestling preview: South Dade and SW Miami to battle for team glory," 3 Mar. 2021 The fight on Showtime drips with incentives: Winning the quarterfinal against Russian champion Vadim Nemkov would deliver the title belt, while pushing the owner of Hungry Hank’s Deli one fight closer to the tournament’s $1 million prize. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Chula Vista MMA fighter Phil Davis pauses stock market tips for title shot," 16 Apr. 2021 The Buckeyes were playing in their second overtime game of the Big Ten Tournament, the first an 87-78 win over Purdue in the quarterfinal. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State basketball falls to Illinois in Big Ten Championship after second-half comeback, 91-88 in OT," 14 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Lake Brantley lost in the quarterfinal round in 2016 as a district runner-up in its only other postseason appearance. J.c. Carnahan, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake Brantley softball in Sentinel Super Six after winning program’s first district title," 4 May 2021 The Crew enjoyed an early off week in Major League Soccer action, and began the quarterfinal round of the Concacaf Champions League on Wednesday night against Monterrey. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Goal-scoring maestros Chicharito and Raul Ruidiaz square off when Seattle Sounders host LA Galaxy," 1 May 2021 With the regular season now underway, the Timbers have to balance their normal schedule with the CONCACAF Champions League, where the Timbers have reached the quarterfinal round for the first time in club history. oregonlive, "Portland Timbers drop season opener to Vancouver Whitecaps, allow easy goal for record-setting signing Lucas Cavallini," 19 Apr. 2021 The upcoming game will be the 25th all-time between the nations and their first since the quarterfinal round of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "USWNT-France live stream (4/13): How to watch U.S. women’s national soccer team online, TV, time," 13 Apr. 2021 In 2019, the two teams met in the Division 1 quarterfinal round with Wayne rolling to a 50-28 win. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan high school girls basketball quarterfinal: Wayne Memorial tops Temperance Bedford," 6 Apr. 2021 The sixth-seeded West Eagles rallied past the No. 3 Dimond Lynx 57-54 in the quarterfinal round Thursday at West High. Anchorage Daily News, "Another surprise in CIC basketball as West Eagles squeak past Dimond boys," 19 Mar. 2021 Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak reacts during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Southern California in the quarterfinal round of the Pac-12 men's tournament Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Las Vegas. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Larry Krystkowiak is terminated at Utah, mediocrity shoving him out the door," 16 Mar. 2021 After nine years away, the Huskies (15-6, 12-6 Big East) looked comfortable, confident and calculated, and blew past 11th-seeded DePaul 94-60 in the final game of the quarterfinal round on Thursday night to advance to the conference semifinals. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "UConn men blow past DePaul 94-60 in return to Big East Tournament; meet No. 2 Creighton in semis," 11 Mar. 2021

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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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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 9 May. 2021.

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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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