BEHIND THE WORD
What does MVP mean?
MVP is an abbreviation for the most valuable player. In sports, players are often awarded with the title of MVP for exemplary performance on and contributions to their teams during a season.
An MVP can also more generally refer to someone who is or has done something exceptional or important, especially to the overall success of a group or cause.
How is MVP pronounced?[ em-vee-pee ]
What are some other words related to MVP?
Where does MVP come from?
MVP can refer to the most impactful person on a sports team for a particular game or season, or to a player judged to be the best overall in a division, conference, league, or entire sport during its year.
The abbreviation is first recorded in 1930, originally used in the sport of baseball. However, the National Hockey League has the oldest trophy for what are now considered the MVP awards in U.S. professional sports: the Hart Memorial Trophy, first given in 1924 to Frank Nighbor of the Ottawa Senators. Impress your friends or beef up your trivia night game with these original MVPs in other major US sports:
- Major League Baseball: Lefty Grove (1931 season)
- National Basketball Association: Bob Pettit (1955 season)
- National Football League: Jim Brown (1957 season)
Because of the subjectivity of what’s considered “most valuable,” MVP awards are given by sports journalists (often through the Associated Press) rather than the teams or sports leagues themselves. To even be considered for a MVP award, a player has to demonstrate incredible skill and exemplary performance. This player is considered the main reason for the team’s success even if that team didn’t dominate the sport overall that season.
From sports, MVP easily lent itself to most valuable persons of other groups, such as at workplaces or other organizations, as well as to people and things considered important, influential, or indispensable more generally (e.g., the 2018 MVP of tech startups).
How is MVP used in real life?
MVP still sees plenty of usage in all things sports, used especially of players in specific games and sports seasons.
LeBron James should win MVP if the Lakers get the 6th seed or higher.
— ͏wade (@PlayoffDWade) September 4, 2018
MVP is also widely used outside of sports for anyone or anything that significantly contributes to the success of some effort or is considered significant for one reason or another.
Sometimes MVP is used more playfully for people or things that really came through or who are more generally great or admirable.
Neville Longbottom da real MVP
— Lamorne Morris (@LamorneMorris) September 5, 2018
Weeknight Dinner's MVP: Honey Garlic Glazed Salmon pic.twitter.com/PyYFgjZS8l
— Delish.com (@DelishDotCom) September 4, 2018
More examples of MVP:
“Rikako Ikee Named MVP of Asian Games”
—Andy Ross, Swimming World (headline), September 2018
How to use MVP in a sentence
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They use Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP, as an example of how PEDs are supposed to boost numbers.
At just 22 years, 350 days, he was the third youngest NBA Finals MVP in history behind Magic Johnson and his teammate, Tim Duncan.Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard Is Named NBA Finals MVP on Father’s Day, Six Years After His Dad’s Murder|Marlow Stern|June 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wilson gets another MVP vote from his teammate, defensive back Richard Sherman.Russell Wilson Should Win MVP (and the Super Bowl)|Allen Barra|January 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST