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[fahyn-l-ist] /ˈfaɪn l ɪst/
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; final + -ist Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Fans of fair play may also be turned off by an event where poor scheduling can give one finalist an advantage over the other.
  • In the next three programs, three semifinalists compete for a finalist slot.
  • If your photo is selected as a finalist, you will be required to present a release form.
  • She wasn't choking during the interviews or she would not have advanced to the finalist stage.
  • Applications received after that point may be considered if the position is not filled from the finalist pool.
  • Instead, offer to provide any information that will help the finalist make the decision.
  • She is now a finalist for the national player of the year to be award later this year.
British Dictionary definitions for finalist


a contestant who has reached the last and decisive stage of a sports or other competition
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for finalist

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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