finalist

[ fahyn-l-ist ]
/ ˈfaɪn l ɪst /

noun

a person entitled to participate in the final or decisive contest in a series, as in musical or athletic competition.

Origin of finalist

First recorded in 1895–1900; final + -ist
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finalist

/ (ˈfaɪnəlɪst) /

noun

a contestant who has reached the last and decisive stage of a sports or other competition
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