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

Les Bleues also reached the quarterfinals at the 2015 World Cup in Canada but fell to Germany on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Anne M. Peterson, SFChronicle.com, "Rapinoe ignores controversy, leads US past France and into World Cup semis," 28 June 2019 Les Bleues also reached the quarterfinals at the 2015 World Cup in Canada but fell to Germany on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Anne M. Peterson, The Denver Post, "Megan Rapinoe scores 2 goals as U.S. knocks out France to advance into semifinals," 28 June 2019 Alana Rennie, Goodyear Millennium Held a 10-5 record in the pairs tournament with partner Nicole Hoff and reached the state quarterfinals before the Tigers ended their season on an 8-3 overall record. Dana Scott, azcentral, "All-Arizona beach volleyball Player of the Year finalists, Coach of the Year," 6 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The United States advanced to the semifinals after ousting host France 2-1 behind goals from Megan Rapinoe in a massive quarterfinal game in Paris. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive.com, "USA vs. England in 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup semifinals: Live updates, TV Channel, how to watch online," 2 July 2019 England also has an extra day of rest, having played its quarterfinal Thursday. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Quarterfinal victory over France can't be U.S. women's high point at World Cup," 29 June 2019 The quarterfinal game will be held Friday, June 28 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Chris Morris, Fortune, "How to Watch U.S. vs. France Women's World Cup Match Live Online for Free—Even Without Cable," 28 June 2019 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

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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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