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[kuh n-tes-tuh nt] /kənˈtɛs tənt/
a person who takes part in a contest or competition.
a person who contests the results of an election.
Law. the party who, in proceedings in the probate court, contests the validity of a will.
Origin of contestant
1655-65; < French; see contest, -ant
Related forms
uncontestant, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for contestant
  • No popular game show contestant would be either beaten by the police or mocked on air.
  • In fact, the contestant is told the answer and he has to determine the question.
  • Being a beauty contestant winner gets you more modelling contracts.
  • Then the home audience would vote by telephone for the ugliest contestant, who would receive plastic surgery for free.
  • In the upcoming season finale, a contestant must race atop a moving train without falling off.
  • Each contestant is given a set of data from which three million predictions are made about how certain users rated certain movies.
  • Every week, one contestant is supposed to be eliminated.
  • He sent someone over to ask if she wanted to be a contestant.
  • contestant challenged the will contending it was the product of undue influence and fraud.
  • Each contestant also warrants that the application is free of malware.
British Dictionary definitions for contestant


a person who takes part in a contest; competitor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for contestant

1660s, from French contestant, present participle of contester (see contest (v.)).


"one who contests," from contestant (adj.). Popularized in U.S. Civil War, when it was a journalist's term for the combatants on either side.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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