[van-tij, vahn-]


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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of vantage

Historical Examples of vantage

  • 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 Formsvantageless, adjective

Word Origin for vantage

C13: from Old French avantage advantage
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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).

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