Meaning of “challenger” in the English Dictionary

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"challenger" in English

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challengernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʃæl.ɪn.dʒər/ us /ˈtʃæl.ɪn.dʒɚ/

Examples from literature

  • In pity of the challenger's youth I would fain dissuade him, but he will not be entreated. 
  • So he leaped from his chariot, in his clanging armor, and advanced to meet the challenger. 
  • The tournament being over, the Norman offered himself as general challenger at wrestling. 
  • The two challengers having found him alone would not take any advantage of him, but agreed to fight him one after the other, like brave and generous knights. 
  • You are bigger than I, and it would hardly be fair, replied Tom, surveying the bulky form of his challenger. 

(Definition of “challenger” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"challenger" in American English

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challengernoun [ C ]

us /ˈtʃæl·ən·dʒər/

someone who tries to win a competition and achieve a position, esp. in politics or sports, against someone who has won it and now has that position:

An aide to Buchanan said the conservative challenger for the presidency would hold a press conference tomorrow.

(Definition of “challenger” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)