An entrant is someone who signs up to compete or participate in something. A person who enters a country is also an entrant, like an American who crosses the border into Canada.

If there are millions of entrants in a lottery, your chances of winning aren't great — but if you're one of only five entrants in your school's raffle, you just might go home with a new bike or a trip to Cleveland. A beginner at some job or activity is also an entrant, like an entrant into the field of microbiology. This meaning is the oldest, dating from the seventeenth century.

Definitions of entrant

n someone who enters

“new entrants to the country must go though immigration procedures”
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interloper, intruder, trespasser
someone who intrudes on the privacy or property of another without permission
someone who forces their way aboard ship
crasher, gatecrasher, unwelcome guest
someone who gets in (to a party) without an invitation or without paying
an intruder (as troops) with hostile intent
encroacher, invader
someone who enters by force in order to conquer
an intruder who passes into or through (often by overcoming resistance)
prowler, sneak, stalker
someone who prowls or sneaks about; usually with unlawful intentions
pusher, thruster
one who intrudes or pushes himself forward
someone who settles on land without right or title
alien, stranger, unknown
anyone who does not belong in the environment in which they are found
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traveler, traveller
a person who changes location

n one who enters a competition

Type of:
a person who participates in competitions

n a commodity that enters competition with established merchandise

“a well publicized entrant is the pocket computer”
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commodity, good, trade good
articles of commerce

n any new participant in some activity

fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, starter
enlistee, recruit
any new member or supporter (as in the armed forces)
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beginner, initiate, novice, tiro, tyro
someone new to a field or activity

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