Meaning of “runner-up” in the English Dictionary


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runner-upnoun [ C ]

us /ˈrʌn·ərˈʌp/ plural runners-up /ˈrʌn·ərzˈʌp/

a person or team that finishes second in a race or competition:

Madison is the Eastern Region champion and last year’s state runner-up.

(Definition of “runner-up” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)