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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Other Words from quarterfinal


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

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 Katz lost in the quarterfinals of the tournament, which had a $50,000 prize pool. Alan Blinder, The Seattle Times, "Jacksonville shooting suspect appeared to be targeting specific gamers, police say," 28 Aug. 2018 And yet the weight of expectations remained overwhelming for young players, as Stephens learned at nineteen, after toppling Serena Williams in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open. Louisa Thomas, Vogue, "Can Sloane Stephens Repeat her US Open Triumph?," 16 Aug. 2018 Only one of the co-medalists advanced to the quarterfinals of the 110th Massachusetts Amateur golf tournament on Wednesday at George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park. Mia Berry, BostonGlobe.com, "Top seed eliminated in the round of 16 at the Mass. Amateur," 12 July 2018 For Belgium, which washed out in the quarterfinals of its last two major championships, a win Tuesday would take it to a World Cup final for the first time. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Togetherness has Belgium and Martinez a step away from World Cup history," 9 July 2018 Brazil faces off with Belgium in the quarterfinals of the World Cup on Friday. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "How to Watch Brazil vs. Belgium: World Cup Live Stream, TV Channel," 6 July 2018 With England’s win over Colombia on Tuesday, the team will face Sweden in the quarterfinals of the tournament on July 7. PEOPLE.com, "British Soccer Player Skips World Cup Match to Attend Daughter's Birth: 'Happiness and Gratitude'," 4 July 2018 World Cup fever was high, especially as England was set to play Colombia at 7:00 p.m. local time in the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Russia on Tuesday. Sandra Harwitt, USA TODAY, "Even though Spain is out of the World Cup, soccer remains on Rafael Nadal’s mind at Wimbledon," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Three days before, Duff had thrown 103 pitches over six innings in a 10-4 quarterfinal victory over St. John Vianney. Sam Donnellon, Philly.com, "Elbow injuries - and surgery - affect high school pitchers more than anyone else," 9 July 2018 USA TODAY Sports MOSCOW — Celebrations of England’s World Cup quarterfinal victory over Sweden spilled out of control on Saturday, as reports of criminal damage to an ambulance and a record number of distress calls emerged. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "England fans damage ambulance, set record for emergency calls," 8 July 2018 But the Ducks won their next four games for the title, including Saturday’s 2-0 quarterfinal victory over Costa Mesa Kaiser, another tournament favorite. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Daily Pilot Cup: Davis beats Rea in PKs for title," 4 June 2018 Elsik and Stafford will play in their respective regional tournaments this week after thrilling quarterfinal victories. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Elsik, Stafford boys advance to regional," 8 Apr. 2018 Vanderbilt watched Kentucky's 62-49 quarterfinal victory Friday against Georgia at the Southeastern Conference Tournament in a familiar place. Fletcher Page, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky basketball could be 'playing each game for' Jarred Vanderbilt and not with him," 9 Mar. 2018 Oviedo High girls' soccer coach Scott Waisanen talks about the Lions' 5-0 Class 5A regional quarterfinal victory against Dr. Phillips on Tuesday night. OrlandoSentinel.com, "Oviedo soccer posts 19th consecutive shutout in region win vs. DP," 7 Feb. 2018 The gig marks a return to the country where Maradona scored one of the most controversial goals in soccer history during Argentina's World Cup quarterfinal against England in 1986. Carlos Rodriguez And Amy Guthrie, Fox News, "Maradona to coach soccer club in Mexico's cartel heartland," 10 Sep. 2018 Russia’s quarterfinal dash was buoyed by five set-piece goals. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Biggest Takeaways From the 2018 World Cup," 16 July 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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