runner-up

noun
run·ner-up | \ˈrə-nər-ˌəp, ˌrə-nər-ˈəp\
plural runners-up\ˈrə-nərz-ˌəp, ˌrə-nərz-ˈəp \ also runner-ups

Definition of runner-up 

: the competitor that does not win first place in a contest especially : one that finishes in second place

First Known Use of runner-up

1859, in the meaning defined above

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runner-up

noun

English Language Learners Definition of runner-up

: a person or team that does not win first place in a competition but that does well enough to get a prize; especially : a person or team that finishes in second place

runner-up

noun
run·ner-up | \ˈrə-nə-ˌrəp\
plural runners-up\ˈrə-nər-ˌzəp \

Kids Definition of runner-up

: the competitor in a contest who finishes second

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