[ kuh n-tes-tuh nt ]
/ kənˈtɛs tənt /


a person who takes part in a contest or competition.
a person who contests the results of an election.
Law. the party who, in proceedings in the probate court, contests the validity of a will.

Origin of contestant

From French, dating back to 1655–65; see origin at contest, -ant

Related forms

un·con·test·ant, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for contestant


/ (kənˈtɛstənt) /


a person who takes part in a contest; competitor
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