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[ win-er ]


  1. a person or thing that wins; victor:

    All three winners received plaques for their winning presentations.

    A yearling Teeswater sheep took the limelight yesterday when it was crowned the overall winner of the interbreed Wool on the Hoof competition.

  2. a person or thing that is marked by consistently or thoroughly excellent quality, performance, etc. ( loser def 2c ):

    This brownie recipe is a real winner—I’ve made it countless times and it always turns out beautifully.


/ ˈwɪnə /


  1. a person or thing that wins
  2. informal.
    a person or thing that seems sure to win or succeed

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Other Words From

  • non·win·ner noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of winner1

A Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; win 1, -er 1

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. winner take(s) all. winner take all

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Example Sentences

Congratulations to Patrick Boylan of Alexandria, Virginia, winner of last week’s Riddler Classic.

If they just manage to stroll, they’ll rank among the market’s big winners.

From Fortune

The winner will begin a long, exclusive negotiating relationship with city staff to come up with much more specific plans about what will happen to the vast tract of city-owned land in the area.

The winner will determine whether the county has a Republican or Democratic majority.

“If someone is the sole bread winner in their family and tests positive, we need to have a support system in place, so they don’t have to go to work,” she said.

With a .700 career winning percentage as a coach in college and the NFL, Harbaugh is a winner.

The outcome of the rum feud is critical for both Bacardi and Pernod Ricard, because the winner could net billions in future sales.

The winner will be the one who most squarely gets on the side of the working class.

The outré character is sure to throw even the most ardent fans of the Golden Globe winner for a loop.

The worst is probably to avoid paying taxes on the money and go to prison, like Survivor season one winner Richard Hatch.

Sometimes Yung Pak would be the winner, and then he would march home with great glee and show the trophy to his father.

He repeated over and over, the name of each winner as it appeared on the huge signboard.

The suspense of waiting for the committee to decide upon the winner of the prize was hard to endure indeed.

Mr. Monterey will confer with us at noon, and before school is dismissed to-day we will announce the winner.

We have tried to decide upon the prize winner in a way that will satisfy the giver of the prize, tooMrs.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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