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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fahyn-l-ist]
    • /ˈfaɪn l ɪst/
    • /ˈfaɪ.nə.lɪst/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fahyn-l-ist]
    • /ˈfaɪn l ɪst/

Definitions of finalist word

  • noun finalist a person entitled to participate in the final or decisive contest in a series, as in musical or athletic competition. 1
  • noun finalist A competitor or team in the final or finals of a competition. 1
  • noun finalist contestant in final round 1
  • countable noun finalist A finalist is someone who reaches the last stages of a competition or tournament by doing well or winning in its earlier stages. 0
  • noun finalist a contestant who has reached the last and decisive stage of a sports or other competition 0
  • noun finalist a contestant who participates in the final and deciding contest or contests of a series 0

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Origin of finalist

First appearance:

before 1895
One of the 18% newest English words
First recorded in 1895-1900; final + -ist

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Parts of speech for Finalist


finalist popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

finalist usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for finalist

noun finalist

  • qualifier — a person or thing that qualifies.
  • contestant — A contestant in a competition or quiz is a person who takes part in it.
  • contender — A contender is someone who takes part in a competition.
  • challenger — A challenger is someone who competes with you for a position or title that you already have, for example being a sports champion or a political leader.
  • frontrunner — a person who leads in any competition.

Antonyms for finalist

noun finalist

  • also-ran — If you describe someone as an also-ran, you mean that they have been or are likely to be unsuccessful in a contest.

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