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runner-up

[ruhn-er-uhp] /ˈrʌn ərˈʌp/
noun, plural runners-up.
1.
the competitor, player, or team finishing in second place, as in a race, contest, or tournament.
2.
runners-up, the competitors who do not win a contest but who place ahead of the majority of the contestants and share in prizes or honors, as those who place second, third, and fourth, or in the top ten.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45
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  • The defending champion and runnerup are always the top two seeds in the tournament.
British Dictionary definitions for runnerup

runner-up

noun (pl) runners-up
1.
a contestant finishing a race or competition in second place
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Word Origin and History for runnerup

runner-up

n.

1842, originally in dog racing, "dog that loses only the final race;" see runner + up. General sense is from 1885.

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