So, in a tournament, there are several events. Each event has so many people sign up for it. There is a total number of people attending the tournament, and each person can sign up for multiple events.

If Joe signs up for 2 events, and Mary signs up for 3, John signs up for 1...

There are 3 people/registrants, but 6 somethings. (2 + 3 + 1)

What is that somethings? (Does it even exist?)


"Entries" just occurred to me as a possible answer. I've been thinking about this all night and wonder what else is out there.


Maybe 'event entries'. Possibly with a hyphen.

  • Yeah, probably the best I'm going to get. All night for such a simple word.. it stumped my husband, too. – emragins Mar 23 '11 at 16:24

Entries, as you suggested? Registrations?

  • +1 for Registrations. There are 3 registrants, who each registered for 2 events. Thus, 6 registrations. – tenfour Mar 23 '11 at 16:56
  • +1 for Registrations. There are 3 "participants", who each registered for 2 events. Thus, 6 registrations. I think registrant sounds awful. – crowne Mar 23 '11 at 17:37
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    I'd have to disagree, actually. If I'm collecting registrations for a tournament, each registrant can register on that registration form for multiple events making it unsuitable. I suppose it would be fine if they had to register separately for each event. – emragins Mar 23 '11 at 19:33

I think there's a case for entrants here. It associates more strongly with each event, rather than each competitor. I accept it's a little bit odd, but I don't have a big problem with the statement Thus there are 6 entrants, but only 3 competitors.

  • Hmmm.... entrant [ˈɛntrənt] n 1. a person who enters 2. a new member of a group, society, or association 3. a person who enters a competition or contest; competitor. All relate to the person unfortunately. – emragins Mar 23 '11 at 19:35

Do you have a box of match? Depending on the context of the tournament, matches sounds quite alright, I think.

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