• WordNet 3.6
    • n contestant a person who participates in competitions
    • n contestant a person who dissents from some established policy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Planters Peanut Company mascot, Mr. Peanut, was created during a contest for schoolchildren in 1916
    • n Contestant One who contests; an opponent; a litigant; a disputant; one who claims that which has been awarded to another.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Hawaii is the only state of the United States in which coffee is commercially grown. Hawaii features an annual Kona Festival, coffee picking contest. Each year the winner becomes a state celebrity. In Hawaii coffee is harvested between November and April.
    • n contestant 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first modern Olympiad was held in Athens in 1896. 484 contestants from 13 nations participated.
    • ns Contestant one who contests
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  • Lord Byron
    “It is odd but agitation or contest of any kind gives a rebound to my spirits and sets me up for a time.”
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
    “All brave men love; for he only is brave who has affections to fight for, whether in the daily battle of life, or in physical contests.”
  • Geoffrey Gaberino
    Geoffrey Gaberino
    “The real contest is always between what you've done and what you're capable of doing. You measure yourself against yourself and nobody else.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “For Forms of Government let fools contest; whatever is best administered is best.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. contestant,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. contestāri, to call to witness—con, and testāri, to be a witness—testis, a witness.


In literature:

I have several black walnuts that have made their appearance since our contest was completed.
"Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
And thus ended the contest between them, Burgundy becoming a tributary province of France.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
This contest, aside from its oratorical power, deserves a place in history.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
Several good strains were brought to light by this contest, most of which were unknown before the contest was staged.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fourth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
She would dearly love to enter a contest of this kind.
"Grace Harlowe's Fourth Year at Overton College" by Jessie Graham Flower
Yet the opposing chiefs and their men were stout fighters and the contest long seemed doubtful, many brave and able men falling on both sides.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 9 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
When the contest begins, all the great gods and also the minor ones are in existence.
"The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria" by Morris Jastrow
It won ninth prize in 1929 contest, page 53, 1931, to Mrs. John Brooks, Ottumwa, Iowa.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-Fifth Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
The contest will begin in a few minutes.
"The Status Civilization" by Robert Sheckley
A second was the rise of the Government's prolonged contest with the Agrarians.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg

In poetry:

To start at the dead is preposterous error,
To shrink from a foe that can never contest;
Shall that which is motionless move thee to terror;
Or thou become restless, 'cause they are at rest?
"Nurse Green" by Charles Lamb
You'll take it all calmly,--we want you to see
What a peaceable fight such a contest can be,
And of one thing be certain, however it ends,
You will find that our voters have chosen your friends.
"At The Banquet To the Japanese Embassy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
We are tired of contest for what is our own,
We are sick of a strife that could never be done;
Thus our love has died out, and its altars are dark,
Not Prometheus's self could rekindle the spark.
"Farewell To Brother Jonathan" by Anonymous Americas
Distrust the story which tells you
She loitered with willing, shy feet.
A doubt on the myth which compels you
Ever to dream that she lingered to lose
In the race, or to choose
In Love's contest an easy defeat!
"Atalanta" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
"All now is chang'd! all contest o'er,
Here sea-girt England reigns no more;
And if your oaths are bound as fast,
And kept more strictly than the last,
Ye may, perchance, behold the time
Service to her becomes a crime!
"The Lay Of Marie - Canto Fourth" by Matilda Betham
I saw the fight was easy mine the minute I begun;
An', after half a dozen words, the time-keep counted "One."
An' when I finish that sad tale there ain't the slightest doubt
I am winner of the contest, an' the widow's down an' out.
"Red Robin" by C J Dennis

In news:

Contestants were made up to be different races for a photo shoot.
Contestant pass a blind-date quiz.
Mitt Romney also won the blinking contest over President Obama during Wednesday's debate.
Comedian Dennis Miller opened with a joke that Paul Ryan just beat him in a sit-up contest.
Norman Elser of Tipp City won a new car after entering Community Blood Center contest.
Bachelor Contestant Face Bloodied Up After Snowmobile Crash.
Bayfest featured a beer-holding contest.
How about pets, music, people and contests.
OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City local did this month what he had never done before -- secured a place in the Hawaiian US Pro Tour body boarding contest's finals.
National Geographic Photo Contest 2012.
BEDFORD — The Bedford Boat an Sportsman's club hosted its fourth annual Youth Hunter Safety Course Sept 16-17 and Big Deer contest during the Indiana Youth Deer Hunt w. Need this information.
Fasching features music, costumes contest.
The winner of the Rooster Crowing Contest went to contestant No.
Decades ago, there were contests to see how many times a contestant could write an advertising slogan on the back of a postcard.
Wing-eating contest : The first-ever "Atomic Wings" Buffalo Wing Eating Contest is taking place at the 2009 Siren Music Festival Saturday in Coney Island.

In science:

Slightly expanded version of ) essay written for the Gravity Research Foundation 2011 essay contest.
Effective information loss outside the horizon
Likewise, voters with more extreme positions can maximize their returns by choosing one party across both institutional contests.
Some Quantum-Like Features of Mass Politics in Two-Party Systems
Rational) Conformal field theories not only play a special role within String Theory, but they are also interesting ob jects in their own right, since they appear in many other contests such as in condensed matter physics.
Simple current extensions and permutation orbifolds in string theory
Causality is an elusive concept whose nature has been widely contested over the centuries.
Causality, Knowledge and Coordination in Distributed Systems
Moreover, since no filter methods can handle very high dimensional data of webspam and kdd2010, the contests only hold among L1-SVM, FGM and GDM. 5.
Discovering Support and Affiliated Features from Very High Dimensions