runner-up

noun
run·​ner-up | \ ˈrə-nər-ˌəp How to pronounce runner-up (audio) , ˌrə-nər-ˈəp \
plural runners-up\ ˈrə-​nərz-​ˌəp How to pronounce runners-up (audio) , 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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The first known use of runner-up was in 1859

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“Runner-up.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/runner-up. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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runner-up

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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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