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."

Primary Meanings of contestant

a person who participates in competitions
a person who dissents from some established policy
Full Definitions of contestant

n a person who participates in competitions

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Henry Louis Aaron
United States professional baseball player who hit more home runs than Babe Ruth (born in 1934)
Arthur Robert Ashe
United States tennis player who was the first Black to win United States and English singles championships (1943-1993)
Lawrence Peter Berra
United States baseball player (born 1925)
John Donald Budge
United States tennis player who in 1938 was the first to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles championship in the same year (1915-2000)
Maureen Catherine Connolly
United States tennis player who was the first woman to win the United States, British, French, and Australian championships in the same year (1953) (1934-1969)
James Scott Connors
outstanding United States tennis player (born in 1952)
Margaret Court
Australian woman tennis player who won many major championships (born in 1947)
Ely Culbertson
United States authority on contract bridge whose books helped to popularize the game (1891-1955)
Dwight Filley Davis
United States tennis player who donated the Davis Cup for international team tennis competition (1879-1945)
Joseph Paul DiMaggio
United States professional baseball player noted for his batting ability (1914-1999)
Gertrude Caroline Ederle
United States swimmer who in 1926 became the first woman to swim the English Channel (1906-2003)
Julius Winfield Erving
United States basketball forward (born in 1950)
Christine Marie Evert
United States tennis player who won women's singles titles in the United States and at Wimbledon (born in 1954)
Robert James Fischer
United States chess master; world champion from 1972 to 1975 (born in 1943)
Richard D. Fosbury
United States athlete who revolutionized the high jump by introducing the Fosbury flop in the 1968 Olympics (born in 1947)
Henry Louis Gehrig
baseball player who died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (1903-1941)
Althea Gibson
United States tennis player who was the first Black woman player to win all the major world singles titles (1927-2003)
Stephanie Graf
German tennis player who won seven women's singles titles at Wimbledon (born in 1969)
Wayne Gretzky
high-scoring Canadian ice-hockey player (born in 1961)
Sir Edmund Percival Hillary
New Zealand mountaineer who in 1953 first attained the summit of Mount Everest with his Sherpa guide Tenzing Norgay (born in 1919)
John Berry Hobbs
notable English cricketer (1882-1963)
William Benjamin Hogan
United States golfer who won many major golf tournaments (1912-1997)
Gordie Howe
Canadian hockey player who holds the record for playing the most games (born 1928)
Edmond Hoyle
English writer on card games (1672-1769)
Sir Leonard Hutton
English cricketer (1916-1990)
Robert Tyre Jones
United States golfer (1902-1971)
Anatoli Yevgenevich Karpov
Russian chess master who was world champion from 1975 until 1985 when he was defeated by Gary Kasparov (born in 1951)
Gary Weinstein
Azerbaijani chess master who became world champion in 1985 by defeating Anatoli Karpov (born in 1963)
Billie Jean Moffitt King
United States woman tennis player (born in 1943)
Olga Korbut
Soviet gymnast (born in 1955)
Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi
Russian chess master (born in 1931)
Rodney George Laver
Australian tennis player who in 1962 was the second man to win the Australian and French and English and United States singles titles in the same year; in 1969 he repeated this feat (born in 1938)
Ivan Lendl
United States tennis player (born in Czechoslovakia) who won several singles championships; in 1992 he became a United States citizen (born in 1960)
Frederick Carleton Lewis
United States athlete who won gold medals at the Olympics for his skill in sprinting and jumping (born in 1961)
Mickey Charles Mantle
United States baseball player (1931-1997)
Robert Bruce Mathias
United States athlete who won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon (born in 1930)
Willie Howard Mays Jr.
United States baseball player (born in 1931)
John Joseph McGraw
United States baseball player and manager (1873-1934)
Helen Newington Wills
United States tennis player who dominated women's tennis in the 1920s and 1930s (1905-1998)
Stanley Frank Musial
United States baseball player (born in 1920)
Martina Navratilova
United States tennis player (born in Czechoslovakia) who won nine Wimbledon women's singles championships (born in 1956)
Jack William Nicklaus
United States golfer considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time (born in 1940)
Gregory John Norman
Australian golfer (born in 1955)
Robert Orr
Canadian hockey player (born 1948)
James Cleveland Owens
United States athlete and Black American whose success in the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin outraged Hitler (1913-1980)
Leroy Robert Paige
United States baseball player; a black pitcher noted for his longevity (1906-1982)
Arnold Daniel Palmer
United States golfer (born in 1929)
Oscar Palmer Robertson
United States basketball guard (born in 1938)
Jack Roosevelt Robinson
United States baseball player; first Black to play in the major leagues (1919-1972)
William Felton Russell
United States basketball center (born in 1934)
George Herman Ruth
United States professional baseball player famous for hitting home runs (1895-1948)
Gene Sarazen
United States golfer who was first to win all four major golf tournaments (1902-1999)
Monica Seles
United States tennis player (born in Yugoslavia in 1973)
Samuel Jackson Snead
United States golfer known for the graceful arc of his swing (1912-2002)
Boris Vasilevich Spassky
Russian chess master who moved to Paris; world champion from 1969 to 1972 (born in 1937)
Tenzing Norgay
Sherpa mountaineer guide who with Sir Edmund Hillary was one of the first to attain the summit of Mount Everest (1914-1986)
James Francis Thorpe
outstanding United States athlete (1888-1953)
William Tatem Tilden Jr.
United States tennis player who dominated men's tennis in the 1920s (1893-1953)
Lee Buck Trevino
United States golfer (born in 1939)
Virginia Wade
English tennis player who won many women's singles titles (born in 1945)
Theodore Samuel Williams
United States baseball player noted as a hitter (1918-2002)
Carl Yastrzemski
United States baseball player (born in 1939)
Danton True Young
United States baseball player and famous pitcher (1867-1955)
Mildred Ella Didrikson Zaharias
outstanding United States athlete (1914-1956)
Sir Roger Gilbert Bannister
English runner who in 1954 became the first person to run a mile in less than four minutes (born in 1929)
John Walker
New Zealand runner who in 1975 became the first person to run a mile in less that 3 minutes and 50 seconds (born in 1952)
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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
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

n a person who dissents from some established policy

dissenter, dissident, objector, protester
Alexander Isayevich Solzhenitsyn
Soviet writer and political dissident whose novels exposed the brutality of Soviet labor camps (born in 1918)
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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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