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[chal-in-jer] /ˈtʃæl ɪn dʒər/
a person or thing that challenges.
Boxing. a boxer who fights a champion for his championship title.
Radio. interrogator (def 2).
(initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the second space shuttle to orbit and return to earth: exploded 1½ min. after launch on Jan. 28, 1986, causing the death of all seven on board.
Origin of challenger
1250-1300; Middle English; see challenge, -er1
Related forms
nonchallenger, noun Unabridged
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  • Instead of sticking with the issues, you impugn the challenger's character and motives.
  • challenger's handler crossed the majestic set to center stage, with the national bird's impressive talons encircling his arm.
  • If things are truly awful, he might even face a significant primary challenger.
  • Wait for a primary challenger that will likely never show up.
  • In politics, blacks wear either the mask of the challenger or that of the bargainer.
  • The way that's done in chimp society is to beat up the challenger.
  • And turnout was guaranteed to be low, a possible opening for a long shot challenger with an enthusiastic base of support.
  • The question was whether the challenger could stand as an equal with the more experienced, tested, and familiar figure.
  • And while there is continual chatter that her appeal may be dimming, no challenger has come close to catching her.
  • He faces no single challenger popular enough to rally widespread support.
Word Origin and History for challenger

late 13c., "a claimant;" mid-14c., "one who makes false charges;" mid-15c., "one who disputes something, objector," from Anglo-French chalengeour (Old French chalongeor "slanderer, petitioner, plaintiff"), agent noun from challenge (v.). Specific sense of "one who calls out another in a contest" is from 1510s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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