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 Buckeye lost to Louisville 49-24 in the quarterfinal but left with a 46-25 win over Lisbon Beaver in the consolation bracket. cleveland, "Buckeye, St. Vincent-St. Mary claim some individual wins at Div. II state dual wrestling meet," 6 Feb. 2021 This could be a grind-it-out regional quarterfinal. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Greater Cleveland Conference powers into regional semifinals: Week 9 OHSAA football playoffs preview," 21 Oct. 2020 American Christian Harrison won playing in his first career quarterfinal, beating Gianluca Mager of Italy 7-6 (2), 6-4 at the Delray Beach (Fla.) Open. BostonGlobe.com, "Wizards star Russell Westbrook expected to miss a week with injured left quadriceps," 11 Jan. 2021 In the quarterfinal, Connelly completed 22 of 27 for 391 yards and five touchdowns. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Dabe: Another Karr-Easton showdown; much has changed since they last met," 12 Dec. 2020 On Wednesday, Morenci, the No. 8 seed in the 2A playoff, had to cancel its quarterfinal against No. 1 Benson because of COVID-19. Richard Obert, The Arizona Republic, "Saguaro football season ends after third positive COVID-19 test," 27 Nov. 2020 The other quarterfinal on that side of the backet has Curtis playing at Scotlandville. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "3 quick thoughts about Ehret-East St. John, Belle Chasse and L.B. Landry, and St. Augustine," 28 Nov. 2020 The humiliating 8-2 loss in the quarterfinal of the last season's Champions League to eventual champion Bayern Munich was a true testament to Barcelona's current struggles, while Real Madrid won the most recent Clasico 3-1. Calum Trenaman, CNN, "Ten years on from humiliating Real Madrid 5-0, Barcelona is a club in turmoil," 28 Nov. 2020 Claire Romo had 36 assists, and Providence signee Shaliyah Rhoden added nine kills and 19 digs as Sachse won a 6A Region II quarterfinal. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Volleyball playoffs: Byron Nelson wins 5-set thriller as UCLA signee has 40 kills; Flower Mound wins matchup of national powers," 28 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Williams responded in the Rogers Cup in 2019 with a 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal victory. Analis Bailey, USA TODAY, "What time is Williams-Osaka match? Live stream, TV channel info and more for Australian Open semifinal," 18 Feb. 2021 In the afterglow of her quarterfinal victory, Williams’s smile didn’t waver when she was asked about her relationship with Osaka. New York Times, "Serena Williams, Refreshed and Rolling, Sets Up Showdown With Osaka," 16 Feb. 2021 In the men’s competition, J.C. Schoonmaker and Luke Jager both finished last in their quarterfinal heats to place 26th and 30th, respectively. Anchorage Daily News, "Anchorage skier Swirbul leads US efforts at U23 World Championships," 12 Feb. 2021 For its first seven seasons, the NCHC held best-of-three quarterfinal series on campus sites, with the Frozen Faceoff at Xcel Energy Center. Star Tribune, "Minnesota Scene: Gophers No. 5 in volleyball poll, Wisconsin No. 1," 8 Feb. 2021 Mary lost both of its team matches -- 51-18 against Ashland in the quarterfinal and 42-23 in the consolation to St. Clairsville. cleveland, "Buckeye, St. Vincent-St. Mary claim some individual wins at Div. II state dual wrestling meet," 6 Feb. 2021 Two Anchorage skiers advanced to the quarterfinal heats and two others came close Sunday at a World Cup classic sprint race in Falun, Sweden. Anchorage Daily News, "UAA skier Schoonmaker collects another top-20 finish in a World Cup sprint race," 1 Feb. 2021 The quarterfinal rounds for both will be March 2, also at host schools. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "2021 Horizon League men's, women's basketball tournaments: New format announced," 29 Jan. 2021 The Purple Knights held a fourth-quarter lead against Rummel in two games, once in the regular season and again in the playoffs — a state quarterfinal Rummel won by one point with a touchdown with 22 seconds remaining. Chris Dabe, NOLA.com, "Sophie B. Wright hires Kenneth Dorsey Jr. as next football coach; previously held interim position at St. Aug," 22 Jan. 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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“Quarterfinal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarterfinal. Accessed 5 Mar. 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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