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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Vicky Hurst, an eight-time winner, fired a 65, the day’s best round, to finish three back. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Women's golf is a hard way to make a living, but for this Symetra Tour winner, it's worth a shot.," 11 Aug. 2019 The track attracted sprint car greats such as Emory Collins and Tommy Milton, a St. Paul native and two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 who was born without sight in his left eye. Nick Ferraro, Twin Cities, "There’s loads of State Fair racing history at the Dakota County Fair," 6 Aug. 2019 Steve Coleman, Pike County The 1989 Mr. Football winner was a first-team All-State selection as a junior and a senior. Ben Thomas |, al, "Vote now for the Mount Rushmore of Southeast Alabama HS football," 5 Aug. 2019 However, the only clear winner would be the federal government. Randy Kohl, WIRED, "Cashless Stores Alienate Customers in the Name of Efficiency," 5 Aug. 2019 The five-time gold medal winner turned pro last year to take advantage of lucrative endorsement deals before the Tokyo Games. Elliott Almond, The Mercury News, "Regan Smith, America’s new swimming sensation, facing pressure outside pool," 4 Aug. 2019 Sired by Quality Road, Bellafina is a three-time Grade 1 winner with enough versatility to make a strong run from just off the pace., "Clancy’s Call: Saratoga," 2 Aug. 2019 But the township flipped in the 2018 midterms, favoring the Democratic winners in House, Senate and governor races. Jonathan Allen, NBC News, "Trump puts minorities in his 'basket of deplorables'," 29 July 2019 After taking a short acting hiatus, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence is back with a slate of new projects that should keep Academy voters very interested. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Jennifer Lawrence Is Bringing The True Story Of A Mob Wife To Life," 25 July 2019

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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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