runner-up

noun run·ner-up \ ˈrə-nər-ˌəp , ˌrə-nər-ˈəp \

Definition of runner-up

plural runners-up play \ˈrə-nərz-ˌəp, ˌrə-nərz-ˈəp\ also runner-ups
: 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

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RUNNER-UP Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of runner-up for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

runner-up

noun run·ner-up \ ˈrə-nə-ˌrəp \

Definition of runner-up for Students

plural runners-up \ˈrə-nər-ˌzəp\
: the competitor in a contest who finishes second


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