win·​ner ˈwi-nər How to pronounce winner (audio)
: one that wins: such as
: one that is successful especially through praiseworthy ability and hard work
: a victor especially in games and sports
: one that wins admiration
: a shot in a court game that is not returned and that scores for the player making it

Examples of winner in a Sentence

The winners will receive their medals shortly. the winners and losers of the court case And the winner is…the blue team! With seconds left on the clock, she scored the winner.
Recent Examples on the Web Here’s a complete list of winners from night 1 of the 2023 K-Pop Awards. Paul Grein, Billboard, 28 Nov. 2023 Although the award is run by the BBC World Service - the majority of whose listeners are based outside the United Kingdom - six of the previous eight winners of the BBC award have either been British or playing in the English Women's Super League. Asif Burhan, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 Roni noted that Brazil was about to negotiate IP regulation, as these services are opening up to co-production, so to sharing IP. São Paulo’s cash incentive allows Brazilian companies to take up to 30% of cash rebate winners, opening the doors to minority co-production, Toledo noted. John Hopewell, Variety, 28 Nov. 2023 Kyle Dargan, a Cave Canem fellow in the 2000s, remembered playing basketball with Terrance Hayes (who won the 2010 National Book Award), and soaking up time with his teachers, including Rita Dove, the former U.S. poet laureate and 1987 Pulitzer Prize winner who was a guest poet in 2006. Stacy Y. China, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 Merit's repertoire includes not one but three Best of Beauty Award winners, AKA the ultimate Allure seal of approval. Sarah Hoffmann, Allure, 27 Nov. 2023 Back in August, the Oscar winner opened up about her dad during an Instagram Story Q&A with her 8.3 million followers. Tommy McArdle, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 Here’s what Erivo can share: The 70-minute performance, billed as Cynthia Erivo & Friends, will feature two of her fellow Tony winners in Joaquina Kalukango and Ben Platt. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 Shaiman, a Grammy, Emmy and Tony winner, received an outstanding career achievement award. Paul Grein, Billboard, 16 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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

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win·​ner ˈwin-ər How to pronounce winner (audio)
: one that wins

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