- a person entitled to participate in the final or decisive contest in a series, as in musical or athletic competition.
Origin of finalist
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Examples from the Web for finalist
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
April 19, 2014
The duo also thanked mentor—and former CVFF finalist—Prabal Gurung for his assistance and support.CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Honors Emerging Talent
November 12, 2013
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
September 27, 2013
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.
Already the finalist theory of life eludes all precise verification.Creative Evolution
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
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
- 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
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