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

Slow starts have plagued Nadal in several of his matches this fortnight, most notably against 11th-Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals. Ravi Ubha, CNN, "Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 11th French Open title," 10 June 2018 Les Blues reached the quarterfinals in Brazil four years later, and as host county of the 2016 Euros, made it to the final before losing to Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Belgium reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship in 2016 but has yet to fulfil its lofty expectations. Steve Douglas, Fox News, "France advances to World Cup final, beats Belgium 1-0," 10 July 2018 Belgium reached the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and the European Championship in 2016 but has yet to fulfill its lofty expectations. Stephen Douglas, BostonGlobe.com, "France reaches World Cup final with win over Belgium," 10 July 2018 That team played well in Russia, beating Mexico to win its group, then shutting out Switzerland — its third clean sheet of the World Cup — to reach the quarterfinals. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "England reaches semifinals after beating Sweden, 2-0," 7 July 2018 Brazil, which reached the quarterfinals for the seventh straight World Cup, advances to play the winner of the game later Monday between Belgium and Japan. Associated Press, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Mexico's World Cup ends with loss to Brazil," 2 July 2018 UConn reached the quarterfinals in 2017-18 under Cavanaugh’s guidance. Christopher Hanna, courant.com, "Travelers Championship Pro-Am: A Look At The Celebrity Field," 19 June 2018 After reaching the quarterfinals twice and capturing the 2017 mid-amateur crown, Feld is back in the BMW Philadelphia Amateur’s elite eight. Mitchell Gladstone, Philly.com, "Drexel head coach Ben Feld back in quarterfinals at Philadelphia Amateur," 13 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Also on Wednesday are quarterfinal games: Sierra Canyon vs. Sherman Oaks Notre Dame, 7 p.m.; Taft vs. Fairfax, 8:30 p.m. Eric Sondheimer, latimes.com, "Schedule changes for this week's Fairfax basketball tournament," 27 June 2018 Highlands outlasted Paintsville 5-0 in a quarterfinal game of the Whitaker Bank/KHSAA State Baseball Tournament at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. James Weber, Cincinnati.com, "Highlands baseball rolls past Paintsville in state quarterfinals," 9 June 2018 Topeka Seaman High School unleashed the sneakiest of pickoff moves in its Kansas 5A quarterfinal baseball game against Blue Valley Southwest on Thursday. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "High school pitcher fools runner with a brilliantly coordinated fake pickoff play," 24 May 2018 The Sixers coach been focused since closing out the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Heat on Tuesday. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers coach Brett Brown and staff doing their homework on Bucks and Celtics while waiting for NBA playoffs series to close," 27 Apr. 2018 The draw set up both English clubs for an intense week, with city derbies in the Premier League sandwiched between the quarterfinal games. Bloomberg.com, "Real Madrid Faces Juventus in Champions League Quarterfinals," 16 Mar. 2018 That means Davidson will play a quarterfinal game Friday at 8:30 p.m. Davidson was picked in the preseason to finish sixth in the league. David Scott, charlotteobserver, "Davidson grabs 3rd seed in Atlantic 10 tourney. Here’s what’s ahead for Wildcats. | Charlotte Observer," 4 Mar. 2018 Slovenia faces Norway in an elimination game that will decide who advances to a quarterfinal game against Olympic Athletes from Russia. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Olympic notebook: Former Seawolf already earned Olympic metal. Now he wants a medal.," 20 Feb. 2018 Sisters Sydney Jones and Mia Jones combined to score 45 points and helped Wellington erase a 13-point first-half deficit to pull off a 66-61 upset win over host Boca Raton in a Class 9A regional quarterfinal game Thursday at Boca Raton. Tim Dwyer, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Joneses, Wolverines roar past Boca Raton in second half of 9A regional quarterfinal," 15 Feb. 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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