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)

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For now, the Sero will only be available in Korea for 18.9 million won, or a cool $16,300. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Samsung Is Making a Vertical TV Because of Millennials," 29 Apr. 2019 Remain won that round, but British ambivalence over Europe has never gone away. Walter Russell Mead, WSJ, "Charles de Gaulle Saw Brexit Coming," 21 Jan. 2019 Still, the won the AFC South and earned their first postseason berth since 2007 and first home playoff game in 18 years. USA TODAY, "Jaguars enter playoffs with little postseason experience," 2 Jan. 2018 The Fighting Irish won at home, 94-62, against North Carolina. USA TODAY, "Durr's 21 lead No. 4 Louisville past Virginia, 77-41," 1 Feb. 2018 Lomachenko and Rigondeaux’s telecast made it four times boxing won. Bloomberg.com, "Instead of Killing Boxing, the UFC Plans to Use It As a Lifeline," 14 Feb. 2018 The benchmark Kospi index gained 0.2 percent, while the won parred the day’s loss to 0.3 percent, after weakening as much as 0.8 percent earlier. Andy Sharp, Bloomberg.com, "North Korea Threatens to Scrap Trump Meeting on Nuclear Demands," 16 May 2018 The 5-year-old won of Tapit's 2-length win was his second in as many tries over the Stall-Wilson turf course. Michael Democker, NOLA.com, "Wiener Dog Racing at Fair Grounds: photos & video," 3 Mar. 2018 More than 115 women out of 276 on the ballot; 11 women won Senate bids and nine won gubernatorial races. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "10 Good Things That Came Out of the Midterm Elections," 7 Nov. 2018

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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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past tense and past participle of win

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a strong desire or propensity

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