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vic·​tor ˈvik-tər How to pronounce victor (audio)
: one that defeats an enemy or opponent : winner
victor adjective


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communications code word

used as a code word for the letter v

Examples of victor in a Sentence

Noun the victors in the battle the computer is usually the victor in a chess match against a human opponent
Recent Examples on the Web
Often, history is told by the victor, not the oppressed. Morgan Mercer, Fortune, 28 Nov. 2023 Which brings us to the ultimate victors in the silly season: the coaches’ agents. 12. Jon Wilner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2023 But in the end, Tommy found himself as the clear victor in this battle. Breanna Bell, Variety, 11 Nov. 2023 If history is written by the victors, then a small group of Russian activists are doing their best to make sure the battle to remember the millions of victims of Soviet repression is not lost – one small steel plaque at a time. Kevin Liffey, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Nov. 2023 In that negotiation, the victor was forced to make clench-jawed compromises. Foreign Affairs, 20 Oct. 2023 But there were reservations about a trial in which the victors prosecuted the vanquished. Ian Buruma, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 The victors of World War II appointed themselves permanent members of the UN Security Council, cementing their influence over future interstate disputes. Ryan Hass, Foreign Affairs, 24 Oct. 2023 The goal of the victors then was equally hubristic as that of the Armenians a generation earlier. Ronald Suny, The Conversation, 3 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin, from vincere to conquer, win; akin to Old English wīgan to fight, Lithuanian veikti to be active

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Communications Code Word

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of victor was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Victor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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vic·​tor ˈvik-tər How to pronounce victor (audio)
: one that defeats an enemy or opponent : winner

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