Meaning of runner-up
Pronunciation: (run'ur-up'), [key]
— pl. run•ners-up.
- the competitor, player, or team finishing in second place, as in a race, contest, or tournament.
- the competitors who do not win a contest but who place ahead of the majority of the contestants and share in prizes or honors, as those who place second, third, and fourth, or in the top ten.