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Definition of the noun also-ran

What does also-ran mean as a name of something?


  1. a contestant who loses the contest
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • synonym of also-ran: loser
    • more generic word: contestant = a person who participates in competitions
    • more specific term: old maid = the loser in a game of old maid

Alternative definition of the noun also-ran


  1. A person or animal who competed in a race but did not win.
  2. Figuratively, a loser; one soon to be forgotten.

Specialised definition of the noun also-ran

Glossary of sports

a horse or other entrant in a race that does not finish in any of the winning places (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


"Also-ran" a.k.a. "Also Ran" is a composition.

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Google previewVocabulary Dictionary and Workbook (2006)

2,856 Words You Must Know by Mark Phillips

Technically, an also-ran is a horse ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

ALLOW OR ENABLE - ALSO-RAN allow or enable: authorize, empower, warrant allow or tolerate: countenance, sanction allowable: licit allowable and permissible: admissible, tolerable allowance: alimony, annuity, cut, deduction, discount, ...

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