runner–up

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noun run·ner–up \ˈrə-nə-ˌrəp, ˌrə-nə-ˈ\

Definition of runner–up

plural

runners–up

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runner–ups

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

1842

First Known Use of runner–up

1842


RUNNER–UP Defined for English Language Learners

runner–up

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noun run·ner–up \ˈrə-nə-ˌrəp, ˌrə-nə-ˈ\

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

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noun run·ner–up \ˈrə-nə-ˌrəp\

Definition of runner–up for Students

plural

runners–up

\ˈrə-nər-ˌzəp\
  1. :  the competitor in a contest who finishes second


Learn More about runner–up

  1. Spanish Central: Translation of runner–up


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