- The definition of a shortlist is a list of people or things for a final choice.
An example of a shortlist is the final list of people eligible to run for student body president.
- Shortlist is defined as to place someone or something on the final list from which a selection will be made.
An example of shortlist is to put a film on the final list for a movie award.
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