Part of speech: noun

One who contests.

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Usage examples "contestant":

  1. But they came quite as near it as they could, for Matilda Benson was as bright a girl as Martha Mason, and when Ike married her she was an even- running contestant with her friend, Martha, for the highest social honors of their own particular set. - "The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories Strength of Gideon; Mammy Peggy's Pride; Viney's Free Papers; The Fruitful Sleeping of The Rev. Elisha Edwards; The Ingrate; The Case of 'Ca'line'; The Finish of Patsy Barnes; One Man's Fortunes; Jim's Probation; U", Paul Laurence Dunbar.
  2. In a week all Chouteau County knew that Andy Green would ride for the purse, and nearly all Chouteau County backed him with all the money it could command; certainly, all of it that knew Andy Green and had seen him ride, made haste to find someone who did not know him and whose faith in another contestant was strong, and to bet all the money it could lay hands upon. - "The Happy Family", Bertha Muzzy Bower.
  3. Sometimes, yet not often, a contestant is met who does not want advice, and who can hardly hide his scorn for book statements and experts. - "The Amateur Garden", George W. Cable.