a person entitled to participate in the final or decisive contest in a series, as in musical or athletic competition.
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How to use finalist in a sentence
In 2002, 16th seed Thomas Johansson of Sweden won his lone Grand Slam title in Melbourne, and unseeded finalists Marcos Baghdatis and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga advanced to the final in 2006 and 2008, respectively.The Australian Open Isn’t All That Friendly To Underdogs | Jonathon Braden | February 12, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
In a year like no other, the finalists for the Digiday Video and TV Awards broke new ground.Comedy Central Digital, VH1 and Johnson & Johnson top this year’s Digiday Video and TV Awards shortlist | Melissa Hayes | February 9, 2021 | Digiday
A two-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award, Deam was part of the team that became a finalist for Pulitzer Prize for breaking news in 2018 for coverage of Hurricane Harvey.
Carroll has won dozens of journalism awards, including being part of a team at the Chronicle named as finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.Susan Carroll Hired as a Senior Editor for ProPublica’s Local Reporting Network | by ProPublica | February 2, 2021 | ProPublica
His other finalists were Minnesota, Iowa State, Florida and Florida State.Undefeated Gonzaga is staring down history, but its final exam won’t arrive until March | John Feinstein | January 27, 2021 | Washington Post
For months, I struggled with the decision and after being rejected as a finalist from a fellowship I found myself at a crossroads.There’s No Better Test for Millennials than the American City | Michael Tubbs | April 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The duo also thanked mentor—and former CVFF finalist—Prabal Gurung for his assistance and support.
We learn that Rachel is a finalist for the part of Fanny Brice in the revival of Funny Girl.The First ‘Glee’ Without Cory Monteith Was Blissfully Joyous | Kevin Fallon | September 27, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The 2013 fiction judges: Charles Baxter was a finalist for the National Book Award in fiction in 2000 for The Feast of Love.
René Steinke was a 2005 National Book Award finalist in fiction for her novel Holy Skirts.
The effect of that was that Alan Macfie, the other semi-finalist, had a bye in the morning.Fifty Years of Golf | Horace G. Hutchinson
This reason is a logical necessity, but the logical necessity does not prove the teleological or finalist necessity.Tragic Sense Of Life | Miguel de Unamuno
Already the finalist theory of life eludes all precise verification.Creative Evolution | Henri Bergson
What more could the most confirmed finalist say, in order to mark out so exceptional a physico-chemistry?Creative Evolution | Henri Bergson
The finalist or teleological conception is not any more tenable, for Evolution is not simply the realization of a plan.Bergson and His Philosophy | J. Alexander Gunn
British Dictionary definitions for finalist
a contestant who has reached the last and decisive stage of a sports or other competition
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