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[chal-in-jer] /ˈtʃæl ɪn dʒər/
a person or thing that challenges.
Boxing. a boxer who fights a champion for his championship title.
Radio. interrogator (def 2).
(initial capital letter, italics) U.S. Aerospace. the second space shuttle to orbit and return to earth: exploded 1½ min. after launch on Jan. 28, 1986, causing the death of all seven on board.
Origin of challenger
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at challenge, -er1
Related forms
nonchallenger, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The contest was obstinate, and terminated in the death of the challenger.

    Edgar Huntley Charles Brockden Brown
  • Then, with a mighty bellow he strode slowly toward his challenger.

    The Black Phantom Leo Edward Miller
  • No use to think about duelling now, whoever might be challenger.

  • The challenger used a fierce Italian oath, and by it he knew that it was Pietro.

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • Good heavens, challenger, you don't suppose you can keep out ether with varnished paper?

    The Poison Belt Arthur Conan Doyle
Word Origin and History for challenger

late 13c., "a claimant;" mid-14c., "one who makes false charges;" mid-15c., "one who disputes something, objector," from Anglo-French chalengeour (Old French chalongeor "slanderer, petitioner, plaintiff"), agent noun from challenge (v.). Specific sense of "one who calls out another in a contest" is from 1510s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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