vic·​to·​ry | \ ˈvik-t(ə-)rē How to pronounce victory (audio) \
plural victories

Definition of victory

1 : the overcoming of an enemy or antagonist
2 : achievement of mastery or success in a struggle or endeavor against odds or difficulties

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Examples of victory in a Sentence

The general led the troops to victory. They had never experienced the thrill of victory. The passage of the law was a tremendous victory for their cause. It was a decisive victory for the army.
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Recent Examples on the Web The 3-year-old Minnesota-bred filly won by 3¼ lengths, earning her third victory in five career starts. Star Tribune, "Gophers wrestlers win two dual meets against Maryland, Michigan State," 17 Jan. 2021 While piling up the points, Alabama stretched a streak of scoring at least 35 points to 24 games – the longest in major-college football history by nine games – before its 31-14 victory over Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Mark Inabinett |, al, "SEC Football by the Numbers: Alabama’s top 10 for 2020," 16 Jan. 2021 In addition, our victory in confirming the industry-wide practice of fractional licensing would have been revisited. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "ASCAP & BMI Responds to DOJ's Consent Decrees Inaction: Read the Open Letter," 15 Jan. 2021 The Portland Trail Blazers shoot for their fifth consecutive victory Thursday night at home against Indiana. oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers fall 111-87 to Indiana Pacers, lose Jusuf Nurkic to injury: Live updates recap," 15 Jan. 2021 The Saints had 3,000 fans on hand last week for their wild-card round victory over the Chicago Bears, and also had 3,000 in the stands for the Weeks 15 and 16 games against the Kansas City Chiefs and the Minnesota Vikings. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Saints to allow 3,500 fans for Buccaneers showdown; how does that compare to other playoff games?," 15 Jan. 2021 On the strength of its 70-66 victory Monday at Laurel, Olmsted Falls jumps from No. 4 to the top spot. Joe Magill, cleveland, "There’s a new team atop the girls basketball Top 25 rankings: 11-1 Olmsted Falls," 15 Jan. 2021 One quarterback directed the Kansas City Chiefs to their first Super Bowl victory in 50 years. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Patrick Mahomes vs. Baker Mayfield 2021 won’t eclipse their epic 2016 college showdown," 15 Jan. 2021 But on this night, while winning their fourth straight game and giving coach Rick Carlisle his 800th career victory, the Mavericks (6-4) finally could relish having their MVP candidate guard and All-Star-talent big man on the court together again. Dallas News, "Welcome back, Kristaps: Luka Doncic shines as Mavs cruise past Hornets in Porzingis’ season debut," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of victory

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for victory

Middle English victorie, from Anglo-French, from Latin victoria, from victor

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

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21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Victory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce victory (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of victory

: success in defeating an opponent or enemy
: the act of defeating an opponent or enemy


vic·​to·​ry | \ ˈvik-tə-rē How to pronounce victory (audio) \
plural victories

Kids Definition of victory

1 : the act of defeating an enemy or opponent
2 : success in a struggle against difficulties

Choose the Right Synonym for victory

victory, conquest, and triumph mean a success in a competition or struggle. victory is used for a win over an opponent or over difficult problems. Doctors won a victory over disease. conquest means the act of overcoming and gaining control over someone or something. We're studying Rome's conquests in Britain. triumph is used of an especially great victory that brings honor and glory. The outcome of the battle was a triumph for the general.

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