Definition of won

 (Entry 1 of 3)

past tense and past participle of win


\ ˈwȯn How to pronounce won (audio) \
plural won also wons

Definition of won (Entry 2 of 3)

the basic monetary unit of North Korea and South Korea — see Money Table


\ ˈwən How to pronounce won (audio) , ˈwōn How to pronounce won (audio) \
wonned; wonning

Definition of won (Entry 3 of 3)

Examples of won in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Those who fail to comply with regulations are subject to imprisonment for up to 1 year or may be fined up to 10 million won, whereas foreigners risk facing deportation. NBC News, "South Korea's return to normal interrupted by uptick in coronavirus cases," 17 Mar. 2020 The South Korean technology giant said its first-quarter net profit dipped to 4.88 trillion South Korean won ($3.99 billion), compared with 5.04 trillion won the prior year. Elizabeth Koh, WSJ, "Samsung Reports Slight Decline in Profit, Warns Coronavirus Slump Will Continue," 29 Apr. 2020 In all, the government has spent or announced plans to spend 135 trillion Korean won ($110 billion USD), or around 7% of its GDP. Laura He, CNN, "South Korea's economy just recorded its worst contraction since the Great Recession because of the coronavirus pandemic," 22 Apr. 2020 The final flash-forward season of NBC’s mockumentary imagined a near-future America full of hard-won optimism and compromise. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The Parks and Recreation reunion really was something special: Review," 1 May 2020 Governments warned that the hard-won gains against the scourge must not be jeopardized by relaxing social distancing over the weekend. Anchorage Daily News, "US job losses surge as world leaders urge Easter distancing," 10 Apr. 2020 Autumn's quest will entail hard-won self-knowledge, notably in the exquisitely wrenching scene that gives the film its title, a master class in cinematic storytelling. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: Why 'Never Rarely Sometimes Always' Is So Rare Among American Abortion Dramas," 2 Apr. 2020 When Sarah and Justin Arrington bought a gorgeous parcel of land—complete with rolling hills, winding trails, and a babbling creek—their plans for a future forever home were intentional and hard-won. Lauren Helmer, al, "Young Alabama couple builds dream farmhouse in Mt Laurel," 21 Mar. 2020 The Korean Film Council reported Wednesday that box office in March totaled just $12.3 million (15.15 billion won), down from $103.0 million (126.56 billion won) last year. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, "South Korea Unveils Movie Theater Relief Amid Virus Crisis," 2 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of won


circa 1917, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for won


Korean wŏn


Middle English, from Old English wunian — more at wont

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“Won.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/won. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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