[ vik-tuh-ree, vik-tree ]
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noun,plural vic·to·ries.
  1. a success or triumph over an enemy in battle or war.

  2. an engagement ending in such triumph: American victories in the Pacific were won at great cost.

  1. the ultimate and decisive superiority in any battle or contest: The new vaccine effected a victory over poliomyelitis.

  2. a success or superior position achieved against any opponent, opposition, difficulty, etc.: a moral victory.

  3. (initial capital letter) the ancient Roman goddess Victoria, often represented in statues or on coins as the personification of victory.

Origin of victory

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English victorie, from Latin victōria, equivalent to victōr-, stem of victor victor + -ia -y3

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3. Victory, conquest, triumph refer to a successful outcome of a struggle. Victory suggests the decisive defeat of an opponent in a contest of any kind: victory in battle; a football victory. Conquest implies the taking over of control by the victor, and the obedience of the conquered: a war of conquest; the conquest of Peru. Triumph implies a particularly outstanding victory: the triumph of a righteous cause; the triumph of justice.

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Other words from victory

  • vic·to·ry·less, adjective
  • non·vic·to·ry, noun, plural non·vic·to·ries.
  • su·per·vic·to·ry, noun, plural su·per·vic·to·ries.

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British Dictionary definitions for victory (1 of 2)


/ (ˈvɪktərɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. final and complete superiority in a war

  2. a successful military engagement

  1. a success attained in a contest or struggle or over an opponent, obstacle, or problem

  2. the act of triumphing or state of having triumphed

Origin of victory

C14: from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from vincere to subdue

British Dictionary definitions for Victory (2 of 2)


/ (ˈvɪktərɪ) /

  1. another name (in English) for Victoria 3

  2. another name (in English) for Nike

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Other Idioms and Phrases with victory


see pyrrhic victory.

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