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1. One that challenges: a challenger of established authority.
2. Sports One who competes against the holder of a title or championship, as in boxing.


(ˈtʃæl ɪn dʒər)

1. a person or thing that challenges.
2. a boxer who fights a champion for his championship title.
3. (cap.) a U.S. space shuttle that exploded after launch on Jan. 28, 1986, causing the death of all seven crew members.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.challenger - the contestant you hope to defeatchallenger - the contestant you hope to defeat; "he had respect for his rivals"; "he wanted to know what the competition was doing"
contestant - a person who participates in competitions
champ, champion, title-holder - someone who has won first place in a competition
comer - someone with a promising future
finalist - a contestant who reaches the final stages of a competition
foe, enemy - a personal enemy; "they had been political foes for years"
favourite, front-runner, favorite - a competitor thought likely to win
world-beater, king, queen - a competitor who holds a preeminent position
runner-up, second best - the competitor who finishes second
scratch - a competitor who has withdrawn from competition
semifinalist - one of four competitors remaining in a tournament by elimination
street fighter - a contestant who is very aggressive and willing to use underhand methods
tier - any one of two or more competitors who tie one another
tilter - someone who engages in a tilt or joust
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[ˈtʃælɪndʒəʳ] Ndesafiador(a) m/f; (= competitor) → aspirante mf; (= opponent) → contrincante mf


[ˈtʃælɪndʒər] nchallenger m


n (to duel, match etc) → Herausforderer m, → Herausforderin f; a challenger of traditional beliefseiner, der überkommene Glaubenssätze infrage or in Frage stellt


[ˈtʃælɪndʒəʳ] n (Sport) → sfidante m/f


(ˈtʃӕlindʒ) verb
1. to ask (someone) to take part in a contest. He challenged his brother to a round of golf.
2. to question (someone's authority or right, the truth of a statement etc).
1. an invitation to a contest. He accepted his brother's challenge to a fight.
2. the act of questioning someone's right, a statement etc.
ˈchallenger noun
ˈchallenging adjective
demanding effort; difficult. a challenging job/idea.
References in classic literature ?
Here was heroism at its last and loftiest possibility, its utmost summit; this was challenging death in the open field unarmed, with all the odds against the challenger, no reward set upon the contest, and no admiring world in silks and cloth of gold to gaze and applaud; and yet the king's bear- ing was as serenely brave as it had always been in those cheaper contests where knight meets knight in equal fight and clothed in protecting steel.
During the conflict, I had talked a little, now and then, with a young gentleman of the White Cap Corps, and he had mentioned that he was to fight next--and had also pointed out his challenger, a young gentleman who was leaning against the opposite wall smoking a cigarette and restfully observing the duel then in progress.
My acquaintanceship with a party to the coming contest had the effect of giving me a kind of personal interest in it; I naturally wished he might win, and it was the reverse of pleasant to learn that he probably would not, because, although he was a notable swordsman, the challenger was held to be his superior.
After Gray, the weightiest challenger who came against Bell was Professor Amos E.
The agreement was that they were to run a distance of a hundred paces with equal weights; and when the challenger was asked how the weights were to be equalised he said that the other, as he weighed nine stone, should put eleven in iron on his back, and that in this way the twenty stone of the thin man would equal the twenty stone of the fat one.
The Argives were elated as they beheld him, but the Trojans trembled in every limb, and the heart even of Hector beat quickly, but he could not now retreat and withdraw into the ranks behind him, for he had been the challenger.
Challenger, who, being satisfied that no criticism or comment in this book is meant in an offensive spirit, has guaranteed that he will place no impediment to its publication and circulation.
But even as I do so, I am overwhelmed by the wonder of the fact that it should be our little group of the "Lost World"--Professor Challenger, Professor Summerlee, Lord John Roxton, and myself--who have passed through this amazing experience.
Sir Mulberry's hand involuntarily closed upon the decanter, and he seemed for an instant about to launch it at the head of his challenger.
I say besides, for I saw it, that King Richard himself, and five of his knights, held a tournament after the taking of St John-de-Acre, as challengers against all comers.
For justs, and tourneys, and barriers; the glories of them are chiefly in the chariots, wherein the challengers make their entry; especially if they be drawn with strange beasts: as lions, bears, camels, and the like; or in the devices of their entrance; or in the bravery of their liveries; or in the goodly furniture of their horses and armor.
So far, there was little to choose betwixt challengers and challenged.