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[van-tij, vahn-] /ˈvæn tɪdʒ, ˈvɑn-/
a position, condition, or place affording some advantage or a commanding view.
an advantage or superiority:
the vantage of wisdom that often comes with age.
British. advantage (def 5).
Origin of vantage
1250-1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, aphetic variant of avantage advantage Unabridged
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  • We have a vantage, since we see them against the light and they can scarce see us.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The second course was so equal that the keenest judges could not discern any vantage.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Unarmed and taken at a vantage, I was struck down and pinioned in a moment.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • From hidden points of vantage the family watched the performance.

    White Fang Jack London
  • But even from this vantage ground he found his purpose thwarted.

    The Night Riders Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for vantage


a state, position, or opportunity affording superiority or advantage
superiority or benefit accruing from such a position, state, etc
(tennis) short for advantage
Derived Forms
vantageless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Old French avantageadvantage
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Word Origin and History for vantage

c.1300, "advantage, profit," from Anglo-French vantage, from Old French avantage (see advantage). Vantage point attested from 1865; a similar notion was in earlier vantage ground (1610s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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