Definition of contestant in English:


Line breaks: con¦test|ant
Pronunciation: /kənˈtɛst(ə)nt


A person who takes part in a contest or competition: an anxious contestant on a television quiz show
More example sentences
  • The applicants were then interviewed and tested for suitability and contestants selected.
  • She was the only contestant from initial 10 applicants to arrive for the contest.
  • The ten heats over the next few weeks will play the part of selecting the contestants for the finals.


mid 17th century: from French, present participle of contester, from Latin contestari 'call upon to witness' (see contest).

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