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contestant

[ kuhn-tes-tuhnt ]
/ kənˈtɛs tənt /
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noun

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.

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Origin of contestant

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

OTHER WORDS FROM contestant

un·con·test·ant, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for contestant

contestant
/ (kənˈtɛstənt) /

noun

a person who takes part in a contest; competitor
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