Definition of contestant in English:



  • A person who takes part in a contest or competition.

    ‘an anxious contestant on a television quiz show’
    • ‘After much paperwork and emailing, Monica was on her way to participating as a contestant.’
    • ‘After three or more contestants have strutted their stuff, the winner is decided by popular acclaim.’
    • ‘Each contestant gave a brief presentation, saying how much money they had raised for charity.’
    • ‘One's main anxiety is that neither of this year's sporting contestants are cricketers.’
    • ‘The 30-year old crooner was the oldest contestant in the sixth and last heat of the competition.’
    • ‘According to reports, choosing a winner from the final three contestants was a hard task.’
    • ‘All contestants took home a pizza plate and slicer and the winners won food processors.’
    • ‘Given the background music, the contestants have to identify the song and sing it.’
    • ‘The contestants will be judged on technical skills as well as for smooth presentation.’
    • ‘Each of the contestants were asked to pick one of eight envelopes presented to them.’
    • ‘The winner is a contestant which best exudes the qualities of today's modern rural woman.’
    • ‘Once a contestant is eliminated the selection process is repeated, followed by a further set of questions.’
    • ‘The referees smiled and more often than not called out to the contestants to complete the race.’
    • ‘She was the only contestant from initial 10 applicants to arrive for the contest.’
    • ‘In order to qualify, all 100 contestants on the shortlist have to answer the same question.’
    • ‘The ten heats over the next few weeks will play the part of selecting the contestants for the finals.’
    • ‘The evening went on as the contestants relaxed and restored their strained tissues.’
    • ‘The applicants were then interviewed and tested for suitability and contestants selected.’
    • ‘Just about every quiz show on television ends with some sort of vote to send a contestant packing.’
    • ‘And should you want to be a contestant, or rather a pair of contestants, just send an email here.’
    competitor, participant, player, contender, candidate, aspirant, entrant
    rival, opponent, adversary, antagonist
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Mid 17th century: from French, present participle of contester, from Latin contestari call upon to witness (see contest).