Meaning of “finalist” in the English Dictionary

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finalistnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfaɪ.nəl.ɪst/ us /ˈfaɪ.nəl.ɪst/

Examples from literature

  • I don't expect many finalists, at rackets anyhow, turn up with black eyes. 
  • Strong was busy talking to someone on the portable intercom and had missed the byplay between the three finalists. 

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