van·​tage | \ ˈvan-tij How to pronounce vantage (audio) \

Definition of vantage

1 : a position giving a strategic advantage, commanding perspective, or comprehensive view
2 : superiority in a contest
4 archaic : benefit, gain
to the vantage
obsolete : in addition

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Examples of vantage in a Sentence

the vantage had all been ours for the first half of the contest

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As the summer day cools down, head to the Jardins du Trocadero for the perfect vantage of the red, white, and blue firework display behind the Eiffel Tower. Meghan Miner Murray, National Geographic, "9 Bastille Day bashes that celebrate French culture," 12 July 2019 Working from this vantage, Row is able to get at how a lack of diverse characters has led these writers to create lonely bastions in their prose. Eric Farwell, Washington Post, "In ‘White Flights,’ a writer reassesses the literary canon," 5 Aug. 2019 This high-speed vantage provides the blurry view of bobbing derricks, fuel storage tanks and fast-food billboards that has defined the city for Californians and tourists traveling between the sunny coast and the Sierra. Scott Wilson, Washington Post, "Bakersfield, once the butt of jokes, is booming. So are many other inland California cities.," 19 July 2019 Several other theories, all of which contain elements of older concepts, try to explain humor from an evolutionary vantage. Giovanni Sabato, Scientific American, "What’s So Funny? The Science of Why We Laugh," 26 June 2019 Viewing history through the vantage of the nation’s historically oppressed is a hard task unless one is dedicated to it, Pittman said. Marcus Harrison Green, The Seattle Times, "Juneteenth in Seattle brings jubilation and reflection on justice not yet realized," 21 June 2019 Some of the best views in the world are found at vantages around Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Grand Canyon Will Soon Be a Dark Sky Park," 17 June 2019 Set on a three-quarter-acre lot, the Tuscan-style villa has the highest vantage in the neighborhood and views extending as far as the ocean. Jack Flemming,, "Retired baseball slugger Jermaine Dye looks to crush a home sale in San Diego," 15 Mar. 2018 Just out of sight is the State Capitol dome, a landmark that the new projects could obstruct from some vantages. Scott Wilson, The Seattle Times, "Once flat and wide on the frontier, Western cityscapes are now rising tall and sleek," 4 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of vantage

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for vantage

Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French vantage, avantage — more at advantage entry 1

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