finalist

[ fahyn-l-ist ]
/ ˈfaɪn l ɪst /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. final solution,
  2. final-salary,
  3. finale,
  4. finalise,
  5. finalism,
  6. finality,
  7. finalize,
  8. finally,
  9. finals,
  10. finance

Origin of finalist

First recorded in 1895–1900; final + -ist

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British Dictionary definitions for finalist

finalist

/ (ˈfaɪnəlɪst) /

noun

a contestant who has reached the last and decisive stage of a sports or other competition
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Word Origin and History for finalist

finalist

n.

"competitor remaining after eliminations," 1898, from final + -ist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper