1The contestant that is leading in a race or other competition.
- The former governor of a New England state is emerging as the Democrats front runner in the US presidential election race.
- He is the front-runner and I think he will continue to be the front runner until the other candidates get its message together and pull the staff together.
- He raced behind the two front runners early before assuming command 150 yards from the finish line and drawing clear by two lengths.
1.1An athlete or horse that runs best when in the front of the field.
- ‘The strong headwind did not help a front runner, it was a killer but he has run a great race,’ he said.
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