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

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 Left scrambling is a top-tier race team and a driver, Kyle Busch, winner of 60 career Cup races, two championships, and at 37 still at the top of his game. Ken Willis, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2022 In a case of remarkable timing, Maraniss' biography lands in the wake of the International Olympic Committee's recent action fully restoring Thorpe as gold medal winner of the decathlon and pentathlon in 1912. Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 4 Aug. 2022 Her team will play the winner of Canada vs. Great Britain. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 3 Aug. 2022 The winner of the GOP Senate primary will be considered the favorite in November’s general election. Paul Steinhauser, Fox News, 3 Aug. 2022 The winner of the semi-professional division will receive a trophy, a spot on the Tunnel Stage at Brew Ha-Ha and a feature week at Go Bananas. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 2 Aug. 2022 The winner of Australia's Got Talent will be decided by the Aussie public at the grand finale, and will ultimately win the $100,000 prize money. Alicia Vrajlal,, 2 Aug. 2022 Stevens emerged the winner of the intraparty battle. Melanie Mason, Los Angeles Times, 2 Aug. 2022 Sometime later this year, probably in October, the U.S. Army will disclose the winner of a competition to provide the successor for its venerable Black Hawk helicopter. Loren Thompson, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of winner

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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9 Aug 2022

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“Winner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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