A contestant is someone who competes in a game or contest. Contestants in many beauty competitions need to demonstrate a talent, like singing or dancing, as well as look pretty.

If you're a contestant on a TV game show, you might have to answer trivia questions, and if you're a debate contestant, you need to argue your case clearly. You can also be a contestant in a sporting competition or on a reality show. Contestant comes from the verb contest, from the French contester, "oppose," which has a Latin root, contestari, "to bring action."

Definitions of contestant
  1. noun
    a person who participates in competitions
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    someone involved in a contest or battle (as in an agon)
    athlete, jock
    a person trained to compete in sports
    a contestant who forfeits a match
    one who enters a competition
    long shot
    a contestant that is unlikely to win
    also-ran, loser
    a contestant who loses the contest
    opponent, opposite, opposition
    a contestant that you are matched against
    a contestant (human or animal) not considered to have a good chance to win
    participant, player
    a person who participates in or is skilled at some game
    someone who participates in contests in order to collect trophies
    a contestant who meets certain requirements and so qualifies to take part in the next stage of competition
    challenger, competition, competitor, contender, rival
    the contestant you hope to defeat
    a contestant in a team sport who is in the game at the beginning
    victor, winner
    the contestant who wins the contest
    a contestant who withdraws from competition
    a winner (of a race or an election etc.) whose victory is contested
    an athlete who performs acts requiring skill and agility and coordination
    an athlete who does not play for pay
    ball hawk
    a team athlete who is skilled at stealing or catching the ball
    ballplayer, baseball player
    an athlete who plays baseball
    basketball player, basketeer, cager
    an athlete who plays basketball
    billiard player
    someone who plays billiards
    a player who rolls balls down an alley at pins
    card player
    someone who plays (or knows how to play) card games
    champ, champion, title-holder
    someone who has won first place in a competition
    chess player
    someone who plays the game of chess
    someone who climbs as a sport; especially someone who climbs mountains
    someone with a promising future
    an athlete who plays cricket
    dart player
    someone who plays the game of darts
    a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition
    enemy, foe, nemesis
    a personal enemy
    football player, footballer
    an athlete who plays American football
    favorite, favourite, front-runner
    a competitor thought likely to win
    golf player, golfer, linksman
    someone who plays the game of golf
    a player of exceptional or world class skill in chess or bridge
    an athlete who is skilled in gymnastics
    hockey player, ice-hockey player
    an athlete who plays hockey
    (rugby) the player in the middle of the front row of the scrum who tries to capture the ball with the foot
    an athlete who runs the hurdles
    an athlete who competes at jumping
    king, queen, world-beater
    a competitor who holds a preeminent position
    lacrosse player
    an athlete who plays lacrosse
    an athlete who has earned a letter in a school sport
    old maid
    the loser in a game of old maid
    medalist, medallist
    someone who has won a medal
    MVP, most valuable player
    the player judged to be the most important to the sport
    an athlete who participates in the Olympic games
    an athlete who competes in a pentathlon
    a player in a team sport who leads attacks or maneuvers in such a way that a teammate can score
    pool player
    someone who shoots pool
    pro, professional
    an athlete who plays for pay
    a trained athlete who competes in foot races
    runner-up, second best
    the competitor who finishes second
    a player who makes a score in a game or contest
    a competitor who has withdrawn from competition
    seed, seeded player
    one of the outstanding players in a tournament
    one of four competitors remaining in a tournament by elimination
    (court games) the player who serves to start a point
    an athlete noted for accurate aim
    (sports) a player who drives or kicks a ball at the goal (or a basketball player who shoots at the basket)
    shot putter
    an athlete who competes in the shot put
    someone who skates
    someone who skis
    someone who rides a sled
    soccer player
    an athlete who plays soccer
    sport, sportsman, sportswoman
    someone who engages in sports
    starting pitcher
    (baseball) a pitcher who starts in a baseball game
    a member of a squad on a team
    street fighter
    a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods
    a forward on a soccer team
    reserve, second-stringer, substitute
    an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
    a trained athlete who participates in swimming meets
    someone who swings sports implements
    tennis player
    an athlete who plays tennis
    any one of two or more competitors who tie one another
    someone who engages in a tilt or joust
    an unexpected winner; someone who defeats the favorite competitor
    pole jumper, pole vaulter, vaulter
    an athlete who jumps over a high crossbar with the aid of a long pole
    volleyball player
    someone who plays the game of volleyball
    a winner by a wide margin
    lifter, weightlifter
    an athlete who lifts barbells
    (sports) player in wing position
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
  2. noun
    a person who dissents from some established policy
    synonyms: dissenter, dissident, objector, protester
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    CO, conscientious objector
    one who refuses to serve in the armed forces on grounds of conscience
    nonconformist, recusant
    someone who refuses to conform to established standards of conduct
    political dissident
    a dissenter from political orthodoxy
    someone who objects to siting something in their own neighborhood but does not object to it being sited elsewhere; an acronym for not in my backyard
    beat, beatnik
    a member of the beat generation; a nonconformist in dress and behavior
    a nonconformist writer or artist who lives an unconventional life
    enfant terrible
    a person whose unconventional behavior embarrasses others
    a person who holds unorthodox opinions in any field (not merely religion)
    maverick, rebel
    someone who exhibits great independence in thought and action
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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