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contestant

[kuh n-tes-tuh nt] /kənˈtɛs tənt/
noun
1.
a person who takes part in a contest or competition.
2.
a person who contests the results of an election.
3.
Law. the party who, in proceedings in the probate court, contests the validity of a will.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < French; see contest, -ant
Related forms
uncontestant, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for un contestant

contestant

/kənˈtɛstənt/
noun
1.
a person who takes part in a contest; competitor
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Word Origin and History for un contestant

contestant

adj.

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

n.

"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.

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