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[kuh n-tes-tuh nt]
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  1. a person who takes part in a contest or competition.
  2. a person who contests the results of an election.
  3. 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
Related formsun·con·test·ant, noun
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Related Words for contestant

participant, candidate, contender, challenger, entrant, aspirant, warrior, favorite, member, player, rival, combatant, hopeful, adversary, antagonist, scrapper, battler, disputant, contester

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British Dictionary definitions for contestant


  1. a person who takes part in a contest; competitor
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Word Origin and History for contestant


1660s, from French contestant, present participle of contester (see contest (v.)).

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"one who contests," from contestant (adj.). Popularized in U.S. Civil War, when it was a journalist's term for the combatants on either side.

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