win·​ner | \ ˈwi-nər How to pronounce winner (audio) \

Definition of winner

: one that wins: such as
a : one that is successful especially through praiseworthy ability and hard work
b : a victor especially in games and sports
c : one that wins admiration
d : a shot in a court game that is not returned and that scores for the player making it

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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.
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There are a few destinations on our long-weekend-getaway list, but for Memorial Day weekend, Nantucket is the winner. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "7 Dreamy Memorial Day Getaway Hotels To Book Now," 13 May 2019 Bailey, who had the overtime winner in Game 1 on Wednesday night, then gave the Islanders a two-goal lead with a power-play score with 8:22 remaining on New York’s sixth man-advantage of the night. Vin A. Cherwoo, The Seattle Times, "Eberle, Bailey help Islanders beat Penguins 3-1 in Game 2," 13 Apr. 2019 Spike Lee Is Spike Lee the flyest Oscar winner on this Instagram roundup? Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams from the 2019 Oscars," 24 Feb. 2019 And there may be a few winners in different environments around the world. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "What Will Be the Last Fish?," 10 Dec. 2018 Bobby Bones was declared the season 27 Dancing With the Stars winner on Monday night's finale show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Bobby Bones Wins 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 27 and Causes Major Uproar," 20 Nov. 2018 The excitement is understandable, given that every year, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association taps an Ambassador to help escort presenters and winners on and off the stage at the Golden Globes. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, "Isan Elba on Balancing Her Golden Globe Ambassador Duties and Schoolwork," 16 Nov. 2018 The brand shared a store calendar of events, which includes National Selfie Day on Thursday, June 21, as well as a private store opening party for 100 winners on June 30. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "KKW Beauty Is Launching Three New Fragrances Inspired by Kimojis in July [UPDATE]," 13 July 2018 Legend got one step closer to being an EGOT winner on Thursday with his Emmy nomination for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Jodi Guglielmi,, "Emmy Nominations: John Legend Could Earn an EGOT with Jesus Christ Superstar Nod," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of winner

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of winner

: someone or something that wins a contest, prize, etc.
informal : a very good or successful person or thing
sports : the final goal, point, etc., that wins a game

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