- a list of those people or items preferred or most likely to be chosen, as winnowed from a longer list of possibilities.
verb (used with object)
- to put on a short list.
- a list of suitable applicants for a job, post, etc, from which the successful candidate will be selected
verb short-list (tr)
- to put (someone) on a short list
“to place (someone) on the ‘short list’ ” for advancement or preferment, 1955, from short list (n.) in this sense, which is attested by 1927.