Definition of front runner noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


front runner

BrE BrE//ˌfrʌnt ˈrʌnə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌfrʌnt ˈrʌnər//
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a person, an animal or an organization that seems most likely to win a race or competition He is one of the front runners in the presidential election. Woods emerged last night as the early front runner to succeed Ellis as party leader. See related entries: Athletics
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