vic·​tor | \ ˈvik-tər How to pronounce victor (audio) \

Definition of victor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that defeats an enemy or opponent : winner


communications code word

Definition of Victor (Entry 2 of 2)

used as a code word for the letter v

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victor adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for victor

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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: Noun The victor of the Democratic primary is considered the likely winner of the general election in November as Democrats outnumber Republicans by roughly six to one in the city. Katie Honan, WSJ, 7 June 2021 After some good-natured sparring, Belle of Louisville Captain Mark Doty was presented Wednesday evening with the 12-point silver antlers and declared the victor of the 59th annual Kentucky Derby Festival Great Steamboat Race. Sam Upshaw Jr., The Courier-Journal, 29 Apr. 2021 So much so that while both teams will continue to study tendencies and personnel, at this point the team that competes the hardest will be the likely victor, according to Portland coach Terry Stotts. oregonlive, 2 June 2021 In deep-blue Montgomery, the winner of the Democratic primary often predicts the eventual victor. Washington Post, 1 June 2021 In seven-game NBA playoff series that have been tied at 2-2, the Game 5 victor has gone on to win the series 82.5% of the time (174-37). Dallas News, 31 May 2021 In most Virginia gubernatorial elections, the victor has come from the party not in the White House. Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2021 Lelisa Desisa, the reigning men’s world champion and two-time Boston victor, has been chosen for Ethiopia’s Olympic marathon team along with London winner Shura Kitata and Sisay Lemma., 8 May 2021 The title evokes a heavyweight bout, and the episodes unfold like a boxing match: Each round presents a track from each artist, with viewers encouraged to pick the victor on a song-by-song basis. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of victor


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for victor


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

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

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19 Jun 2021

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“Victor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of victor

formal : a person who defeats an enemy or opponent


vic·​tor | \ ˈvik-tər How to pronounce victor (audio) \

Kids Definition of victor

: someone who defeats an enemy or opponent : winner


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