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 quarterfinals will be on Friday, September 28, the semifinals will be on Saturday, September 29, and the finals will be on Sunday, September 30 at 3 P.M. ET, per ESPN. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The USA Basketball Women's National Team Is Currently Vying For Its Third Consecutive World Cup Victory," 24 Sep. 2018 On top of that, England was knocked out of the 1996 European Championship semifinals and the quarterfinals in 2004 and 2012 on penalties. Fox News, "England break World Cup shootout jinx, advance to quarterfinals," 3 July 2018 Advertising Halep and Kontaveit were joined in the quarterfinals by Petra Kvitova, who faced only one break point and beat Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-3. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "Federer finishes with flurry of aces in 3rd round at Miami," 25 Mar. 2019 The island nation went on to rock the continent when its team beat England 2-1, advancing to the quarterfinals against France. National Geographic, "Why the Iceland National Team Has So Many Polish Fans," 14 June 2018 The 2008 squad was highly-touted, though it was knocked out in the state quarterfinals. Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A baseball lifer, West Bend West's coach looks for a way to keep his edge without the game," 4 July 2018 From there, Costa Mesa advanced to the Division 7 quarterfinals. Andrew Turner, latimes.com, "Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team: Unexpected year from Kelli Kufta kept Huntington Beach strong," 8 July 2018 In 2001, Williams lost to Martina Hingis in the Australian Open quarterfinals after leading 4-1 in the third set. Tom Perrotta, WSJ, "Serena Williams Stumbles in Stunning Loss at the Australian Open," 23 Jan. 2019 More than two years ago, the U.S. lost to Sweden on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the Rio Olympics, a dispiriting loss for the reigning World Cup champion. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "U.S. Women’s Soccer Team Draws Favorable World Cup Group," 8 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The other quarterfinal game pits College of Charleston against LSU. Chris Hays, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Defending national champion Villanova, FSU headline Advocare Invitational at Disney," 11 July 2018 Brozovic was the pick against Denmark in the round of 16, but Kramaric played in the quarterfinal against Russia. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Croatia Digs Deeper, Burying England’s World Cup Dreams," 12 July 2018 Belgium will face Brazil in the quarterfinal on Friday. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Belgium's last-minute goal was eerily similar to Landon Donovan's 2010 heroics," 2 July 2018 The quarterfinal was pushed back a day because of senior graduation for both schools. Rick O'brien, Philly.com, "Neumann-Goretti's bats go cold in PIAA state quarterfinal loss," 8 June 2018 Boys Lacrosse Jackson Gray, Culver Academies Gray, a freshman, scored four goals in the quarterfinals of the team's IHSLA quarterfinal win over Guerin Catholic. Matthew Vantryon, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana High School Athletes of the Week (May 20-25)," 31 May 2018 All four entries advanced to the quarterfinal and played to their seeds. Matt Le Cren, Naperville Sun, "Bright futures: Bhaavya Manikonda and Emma Lin lead Naperville North to state runner-up finish in badminton," 15 May 2018 The Lady Mustangs have advanced to at least the regional quarterfinal in seven of the past eight seasons. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Soccer: Playoffs next up for area teams," 26 Mar. 2018 Tavares Oliver, New Haven: Compiled 13 points and five assists in the Rockets’ quarterfinal win vs. Bridgeport. Detroit Free Press Staff Reports, Detroit Free Press, "MHSAA boys basketball top plays & performers from state quarterfinals," 21 Mar. 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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