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

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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 Many already do, and that’s prompted Microsoft and others to act to curtail the most egregious forms of bloat, but the battle is far from won. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Isn’t it time we declared our independence from bloatware?," 4 July 2018 But South Korean banks do not convert directly from won to yen, but first convert the won into dollars, and then into yen. Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, "Trump’s claim that an Obama administration effort on Iran was ‘totally illegal’," 8 June 2018 Williams last won in London in 2016 and will look to get back on top this year. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "Serena Williams Beats Viktoriya Tomova to Advance to Third Round at Wimbledon," 4 July 2018 All four won cars in a spot that was product placement. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'The Voice': Who won? Coach was biggest victor," 22 May 2018 That respect has been hard won, but feels fleeting. Deirdre Fernandes, BostonGlobe.com, "An education in hope," 7 July 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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