Definition of won 

(Entry 1 of 3)

past tense and past participle of win


\ˈwȯn \
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, ˈwōn \
wonned; wonning

Definition of won (Entry 3 of 3)

Examples of won in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The collection consists of eight matte lipsticks in shades from Pure Coral to Vanilla Pink and Nude Brick, going for 15,000 won or about $13. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "BTS and K-Beauty Brand VT Cosmetics Is Launching More Makeup," 10 Oct. 2018 Some progress has been made on reducing neonicotinoid use across the globe, although the battle’s far from won. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "There’s a new insecticide on the block, and it’s also bad news for bees," 19 Aug. 2018 In July 2010, as the World Cup in South Africa came to a close, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi had one won Ballon d'Or each. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown: 6 Days to Go - Reliving the Fine Career of 2010 Golden Ball Winner Diego Forlan," 8 June 2018 Our institutions are making a huge effort to address these issues, but results are hard won. Brad Avery And Will O'neill, latimes.com, "Mentorship program at Newport Harbor High School makes a difference in kids’ lives," 7 June 2018 Many years, many finals, more won and lost and that is great. Efe, chicagotribune.com, "Juanfran on Griezmann: 'next year we all will be here for sure'," 16 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'won.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about won

Dictionary Entries near won






won't bite


Statistics for won

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for won

The first known use of won was before the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for won


Kids Definition of won

past tense and past participle of win

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on won

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with won

Spanish Central: Translation of won

Nglish: Translation of won for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of won for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about won

Comments on won

What made you want to look up won? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make faulty or ineffective

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!