win·​ner | \ˈwi-nər \

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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The Good Vibrations As the gold medal winner of the 2018 Edison Awards, which recognizes groundbreaking technology in wellness, this anxiety-minimizing gadget lives up to the recognition. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Ways to De-Stress—And Stay Sane—During the Holidays," 19 Nov. 2018 Kymberli Joye and Zaxai were declared the winners of the round. Temi Adebowale, Country Living, "'The Voice’ Contestant Cody Ray Raymond’s Shocking Exit Sparks Outrage Among Fans," 30 Oct. 2018 Ketany will be joined by fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot, winner of the 2018 London Marathon. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "What You Need to Know Before Watching the 2018 New York City Marathon," 25 Oct. 2018 The winners of this will undoubtedly be satellite operators and other innovators seeking lower-cost access to space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: Turbulent pricing era ahead, SLS concerns, SpaceX plays catch," 12 Oct. 2018 The winner of the 2018 Radical Innovation competition will be announced on October 3. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Self-driving car is actually a tiny hotel suite on wheels," 20 Aug. 2018 The winners of each school district’s teacher-of-the-year award — who were also honored at the gala — received $10,000. Leslie Postal,, "Florida's Teacher of the Year: Glades teacher wins top honor," 14 July 2018 The winner of the 2017 NBA slam dunk competition, Robinson represented an intriguing mixture of shooting and athleticism in a young prospect. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons Glenn Robinson III coming for starting forward spot," 14 July 2018 The games begin at noon with a shotgun start and conclude with a dinner announcing the raffle winner of a car. Cynthia Fernandez,, "A sensory garden, a Beatles cover band, and a mentor program itself gets a boost," 13 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.

: a very good or successful person or thing

sports : the final goal, point, etc., that wins a game

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