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finalist

[fahyn-l-ist] /ˈfaɪn l ɪst/
noun
1.
a person entitled to participate in the final or decisive contest in a series, as in musical or athletic competition.
Origin of finalist
1895-1900
1895-1900; final + -ist
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finalist

/ˈfaɪnəlɪst/
noun
1.
a contestant who has reached the last and decisive stage of a sports or other competition
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Word Origin and History for finalist
n.

"competitor remaining after eliminations," 1898, from final + -ist.

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