Origin of contestant
Related Words for contestantparticipant, candidate, contender, challenger, entrant, aspirant, warrior, favorite, member, player, rival, combatant, hopeful, adversary, antagonist, scrapper, battler, disputant, contester
Examples from the Web for contestant
Contemporary Examples of contestant
Any Miss America contestant who betrays herself to be a sexually autonomous being will be quickly sent packing.There She Is! Deport the Miss America Pageant.
October 6, 2014
That contestant also happens to be Cuba Gooding, Jr., Oscar-winner for Jerry Maguire and major hockey fan.Viral Video of the Day: Cuba Shows Us the Money On Ice
September 25, 2014
They are told that Miss America has evolved, but shown a contestant waxing rhapsodic about Barbie.The Real Housewives of Miss America
September 21, 2014
You, playing along at home, might say C when the contestant says D, but the subsequent step is straightforward.How I Taught Arthur Chu to Be the ‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Everyone Loves to Hate
February 21, 2014
Before he was an Idol contestant, he was a special ed teacher.Can B-List Hollywood Stars Shine in Washington?
February 6, 2014
Historical Examples of contestant
The news soon spread that Jim had entered as a contestant in the race.Frank Roscoe's Secret
The best sport is found when no one contestant wins too often.The Ethics of Coperation
James Hayden Tufts
And every contestant in the games is temperate in all things.God's Plan with Men
T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
He knew how the information could be handed to the contestant!The Electronic Mind Reader
There was to be a golf tournament the following day, and Verbeck was a contestant.Black Star's Campaign
- a person who takes part in a contest; competitor
Word Origin and History for contestant
1660s, from French contestant, present participle of contester (see contest (v.)).
"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.