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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Other Words from victor


victor adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for victor

Synonyms: Noun

beater, conqueror, master, subduer, trimmer, vanquisher, whipper, winner

Antonyms: Noun


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Examples of victor in a Sentence


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

Forgetting is inextricably tied to endings, to forgiveness, and to death, and the book is at times wrenching: victors obscure inhuman massacres; Hyde’s elderly mother has forgotten his name. Douglas Preston, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 27 Aug. 2019 His campaign was widely accepted as the runaway victor, boosting his prominence, name recognition and fundraising. Rachel Caufield, The Conversation, "How did the presidential campaign get to be so long?," 30 July 2019 Ultimately, reaching out and apologizing to her victor, Osaka, helped give her peace of mind. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Serena Williams Started Therapy After U.S. Open Sexism Controversy," 9 July 2019 Well, the story of these pyramid-builders has been hiding in plain sight for more than 2,000 years. ROMEY: History is written by the victors, right? National Geographic, "Episode 4: Scuba diving in a pyramid," 2 July 2019 Five-time winner Miki Sudo is back to defend the coveted Mustard Belt, awarded to the victor each year. Jenny Cohen, USA TODAY, "Fourth of July TV guide: How to watch fireworks, plus all the best patriotic specials," 26 June 2019 The 17-year-old Ransom Everglades School junior was the victor Tuesday in Jeopardy’s second episode of its Teen Tournament, advancing to next week’s semifinals. Johnny Diaz,, "Miami teen moves on to Jeopardy semifinals," 19 June 2019 As competitive and entertaining as these Finals have been, there is some added glory that will go to the victor, as each side has the chance to claim a piece of history., "5 questions on the NBA Finals as Golden State, Toronto battle for historic championship," 13 June 2019 That night the victor enjoyed his winnings—a glass of whiskey—in the bar. The Economist, "A meeting of economists and central bankers was overshadowed by President Donald Trump," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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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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