noun, plural run·ners-up.
Origin of runner-up
Examples from the Web for runners-up
Winners will be rewarded $300,000 and a collaboration with J.Crew, and the two runners-up will receive $100,000.CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Finalists Announced; Beyoncé Wears Nothing But Glitter|The Fashion Beast Team|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Runners-up for the president include “disappointing,” “weak,” “tired,” and “lost.”
One of the runners-up in the Person of the Year award by the industry website IWantMedia.com was The Laid-Off Journalist.
These runners-up chose a more modern style, rather than the crowd-pleasing Vitamin D crew.
As was expected, Buller's easily beat all the outhouses, with Claremont's house as runners-up.The Loom of Youth|Alec Waugh
Taken objectively there isn't that much difference between myself and the ten runners-up.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
The others began chorusing their congratulations at once, looking no more convincing than the runners-up in any beauty contest.Pagan Passions|Gordon Randall Garrett