[kuh n-tes-tuh nt]


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.

Nearby words

  1. contentment,
  2. contents,
  3. conterminous,
  4. contessa,
  5. contest,
  6. contestation,
  7. contested,
  8. contex,
  9. context,
  10. context of situation

Origin of contestant

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

Related formsun·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



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