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

  • noun One taking part in a contest; a competitor.
  • noun One that contests or disputes something, such as an election or a will.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who contests; a disputant; a litigant: commonly used of one who contests the result of an election, or the proceeding for probate of a will.

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

  • noun One who contests; an opponent; a litigant; a disputant; one who claims that which has been awarded to another.

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

  • noun A participant in a contest

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

  • noun a person who participates in competitions
  • noun a person who dissents from some established policy


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