a person or thing that wins; victor.


    winner take all, a situation or outcome whereby the winner receives all the prizes or rewards.

Origin of winner

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at win1, -er1
Related formsnon·win·ner, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of winner

Historical Examples of winner

  • He objects to everything, an' some day that'll land him a winner, see?


    W. A. Fraser

  • The distance was 150 kilometres equivalent to 94 miles, and the winner's time of 1h.

    Flying Machines

    W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell

  • Here were written names, and among them, "Creon, son of the Olympic winner Menon."

  • He had the three games out of five and was winner of the pentathlon.

  • It seemed he couldn't lose, and he was as unpleasant a winner as he was a loser.

    Goodbye, Dead Man!

    Tom W. Harris

British Dictionary definitions for winner



a person or thing that wins
informal a person or thing that seems sure to win or succeed
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Word Origin and History for winner

mid-14c., agent noun from win (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper