from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that arrives or comes.
  • noun One showing promise of attaining success.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In stock-raising, an animal that is ‘coming on’ or promises well.
  • noun One who comes; one who approaches, or has lately arrived: often applied to things.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who comes, or who has come; one who has arrived, and is present.
  • noun all who come, or offer, to take part in a matter, especially in a contest or controversy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun one in a race who is catching up to others and shows promise of winning
  • noun figuratively one who is catching up in some contest and has a likelihood of victory
  • noun One who arrives

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone with a promising future
  • noun someone who arrives (or has arrived)


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