Definition of contestant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kənˈtestənt//
; NAmE NAmE//kənˈtestənt//
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a person who takes part in a contest Please welcome our next contestant. She had once been a contestant in the Miss World competition. The show features six contestants from different parts of the country. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from French, present participle of contester, from Latin contestari ‘call upon to witness’, from con- ‘together’ + testare ‘to witness’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: contestant