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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web On this particularly mild night in June, that means screening a documentary called Olympia, about Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "America’s Great—If Small—Return to Drive-In Theaters," 30 June 2020 The 2010 Heisman winner and 2015 NFL MVP was released by the Carolina Panthers earlier this year after nine seasons. Creg Stephenson |, al, "Here’s how to buy Cam Newton New England Patriots jerseys," 30 June 2020 The collaboration won the BET HER Award and made Carter the youngest award winner ever for the BET Awards, which celebrated its 20th anniversary Sunday. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Blue Ivy Carter wins first BET Award," 29 June 2020 Mostly, a diffident young woman named Jane (Ozark Emmy-winner Julia Garner) just goes about her mundane daily tasks at a drably officious New York film-production company: filling out lunch orders, collating copies, answering the phones. Leah Greenblatt,, "The 10 best movies of 2020… so far," 29 June 2020 The former Heisman winner would go on to short stints in the Canadian Football League and the Alliance of American Football. Brice Paterik, Dallas News, "Former Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel says his football career is ‘in the past’ and that’s OK," 29 June 2020 With the 2020 election is still more than four months away, those states could help decide the winner. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Sen. Grassley said Fox News failed Trump with second-term agenda question, isn't working to get him re-elected," 29 June 2020 Respect stars Oscar winner Hudson as Franklin, Forest Whitaker as her father C.L. Franklin, Marlon Wayans as Ted White, Franklin’s first husband and manager, Mary J. Blige as Dinah Washington and Tituss Burgess as Rev. Dr. James Cleveland. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Here Are Exclusive Images of Jennifer Hudson As 'Aretha' In Upcoming Biopic," 29 June 2020 The Giants’ 2015 Willie Mac Award winner is suiting up in Yankee pinstripes. John Shea,, "Former Giants infielder Matt Duffy signs with Yankees," 28 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'winner.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of winner

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about winner

Time Traveler for winner

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for winner

Last Updated

3 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Winner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for winner


How to pronounce winner (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on winner

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for winner

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with winner

Spanish Central: Translation of winner

Nglish: Translation of winner for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of winner for Arabic Speakers

Comments on winner

What made you want to look up winner? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!