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 Road winners in a Game 7 are rare in NBA history, but not counting last year’s bubble, the road team has a won a Game 7 in 2019, twice in 2018, again in 2017 and of course, Cleveland over Golden State in the 2016 Finals. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 6 June 2021 In Season 2, Emily wrestled with the conflicting pulls of fame and creativity; the latter won. Lisa Rosen, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 The numbers: The recall will cost Hyundai 1 trillion Korean won, or $900 million. Matt Egan, CNN, 28 Feb. 2021 In 2019, Seoul paid more than a trillion Korean won, or about $900 million. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, 26 Feb. 2021 The tablets that are presumably going to be called the Galaxy Tab S8, Galaxy Tab S8+, and Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra will start at around $740, $1,120 and $1,320, respectively, based on SamMobile’s conversion from Korean won. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 28 May 2021 In the end, a desire for equity and not favoring in-office staff over those working from home won. S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune, 12 May 2021 Violators can be sent to prison for up to three years or face a fine of up to 30 million South Korean won, equivalent to about $27,000. Andrew Jeong, WSJ, 3 May 2021 The 8-year-old won last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, 30 Apr. 2021

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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 22 Jun. 2021.

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past tense and past participle of win


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