short list

or short·list


a list of those people or items preferred or most likely to be chosen, as winnowed from a longer list of possibilities.

Origin of short list

First recorded in 1925–30

Definition for shortlist (2 of 2)


[ shawrt-list ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌlɪst /

verb (used with object)

to put on a short list. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shortlist

short list

/ mainly British /


a list of suitable applicants for a job, post, etc, from which the successful candidate will be selected

verb short-list (tr)

to put (someone) on a short list
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Word Origin and History for shortlist



"to place (someone) on the 'short list' " for advancement or preferment, 1955, from short list (n.) in this sense, which is attested by 1927.

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