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
  1. noun
    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
  2. noun
    one who enters a competition
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    a person who participates in competitions
  3. noun
    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
  4. noun
    any new participant in some activity
    synonyms: fledgeling, fledgling, freshman, neophyte, newbie, newcomer, starter
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    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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