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 Golden Generation, quarterfinals, penalties, metatarsals, 'one sits, one goes', WAGs, Baden-Baden, Ant and Dec, the Fake Sheikh. SI.com, "Sven-Goran Eriksson: The Scudetto Winning Shagger Who Never Solved the Lampard-Gerrard Conundrum," 14 June 2019 The knockout phase becomes a traditional bracket tournament, with single-elimination leading to the quarterfinals, semifinals and final. Lila Bromberg, USA TODAY, "World Cup 2019: Breaking down how the tournament works," 11 June 2019 The Hawks advanced to the Class AA state quarterfinals, only to be upset by Libertyville. Pat Disabato, Daily Southtown, "'We're in a good spot': Hillcrest grad Todd Gillespie takes over for Townsend Orr as T.F. South coach," 11 June 2019 Former goalkeeper Hope Solo has been vocal this week too, telling the BBC that coach Jill Ellis struggled under pressure in 2016, when the team lost to Sweden in the Olympic quarterfinals -- its earliest exit in a major competition. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "US breaks scoring record in emphatic Women's World Cup display," 11 June 2019 Roger Federer kept accumulating break points and then frittering them away against Stan Wawrinka in the French Open quarterfinals, failing to convert 16 of his initial 17 chances. Howard Fendrich, chicagotribune.com, "Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are set for another matchup at the French Open," 4 June 2019 Winter Park looked as if it was headed to the quarterfinals, leading Clearwater with one play remaining. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, "Miami Northwestern wins UCF 7 on 7 tournament," 3 June 2019 Advertising ___ VILLARREAL COLLAPSES LATE Villarreal suffered yet another late collapse to give Valencia a firm grip of their all-Spanish quarterfinal, as Daniel Wass and Goncalo Guedes both scored for the visitors in injury time. Karel Janicek, The Seattle Times, "Arsenal, Chelsea, Valencia and Benfica win in Europa League," 11 Apr. 2019 There is no evidence to establish, conclusively, that Croatia could not knock Spain out in the quarterfinals, or that Uruguay and Portugal should be afraid of running into France or Argentina at the same stage. Rory Smith, New York Times, "This Is When the World Cup Surprises End. Usually.," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Rylski recalled a state quarterfinal game at Queen Creek. Richard Obert, azcentral, "azcentral Boys Athlete of the Year: Jake Smith," 14 June 2019 The first sign that defending their title might prove a complicated task came early, the following summer in 2016, when the United States tumbled out of the Olympic Games in the quarterfinal round. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "For U.S. and Its Coach, a Low-Key Start to a High-Stakes Month," 11 June 2019 The event was scheduled to start Friday at the University of Kentucky’s John Cropp Stadium, but rain in Lexington delayed the first quarterfinal game between Pendleton County and Central Hardin. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "KHSAA postpones Kentucky's state softball tournament until next week," 7 June 2019 Their most recent meeting in an official capacity came in a two-leg quarterfinal series in the 2008 Copa Sudamerica. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chivas and Argentina’s River Plate to play in San Diego this summer," 5 June 2019 By Courtesy of FIFA David Ficklin, the director for the local bid, said Arrowhead Stadiuim could host as many as five World Cup matches, including a potential quarterfinal game. Sam Mcdowell, kansascity, "The 2026 World Cup is coming to the United States, and Kansas City might be next," 13 June 2018 For Rafael Nadal, a quarterfinal defeat to Novak Djokovic evoked a crumbling dynasty, a nine-time champion relinquishing his crown after a historically dominant stretch. Stanley Kay, SI.com, "Federer, Nadal Set to Clash in Surreal French Open Semifinal," 4 June 2019 The top two seeds receive a bye to the best-of-five semifinal round and the third and fourth seeds earn the right to host single-elimination quarterfinal games. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Storm among favorites, but certainly no shoo-in for WNBA title," 20 Aug. 2018 The quarterfinal game will be played next Saturday in Sochi against host Russia. Chris Chavez, SI.com, "Watch: Croatian Fans Set Zagreb Ablaze After Knockout Stage Win Over Denmark," 1 July 2018

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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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