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

  • noun One that is in a leading position in a race or other competition.
  • noun A competitor who performs best when in the lead.

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

  • noun a competitor thought to be most likely to win.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of front runner.

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

  • noun a competitor thought likely to win

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Examples

  • For days, Mr. Monti, 68, a well-respected economist with close ties to European Union officials, has been identified as the front-runner.

    NYT > Home Page

  • It was 22-year-old rocker James Durbin of Santa Cruz., Calif., who was dubbed a front-runner though.

    The Seattle Times

  • For days, Mr. Monti, 68, a well-respected economist with close ties to European Union officials, has been identified as the front-runner.

    NYT > Global Home

  • In New Hampshire, Mitt Romney's campaign has the look and feel of a front-runner, which is important because his single biggest advantage in this race is his ability to convey the sense that he and his operation have the best chance to beat President Obama.

    WSJ.com: What's News US

  • Rick Perry, the Texas governor struggling to make an impression in South Carolina, has called the front-runner a "vulture capitalist".

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • Romney hasn't even gotten to be called the front-runner very often without some diminishing adjective "putative," "apparent," "seeming" thrown in.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - The Washington Post

  • Gingrich's ad then compares Romney to them and calls the front-runner a "Massachusetts moderate who runs away from Ronald Reagan."

    NYDN Rss

  • In New Hampshire, Mitt Romney's campaign has the look and feel of a front-runner, which is important because his single biggest advantage in this race is his ability to convey the sense that he and his operation have the best chance to beat President Obama.

    WSJ.com: What's News US

  • PORTLAND, Maine - A day after Mitt Romney regained some momentum in the Republican presidential contest, his rival Rick Santorum went on the attack, calling the front-runner "desperate" while promising to compete aggressively to win the state where Romney grew up.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • Romney is generally described as the front-runner and has been from the start.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

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