winner Definition

  • 1a person or thing that wins something
  • 2a person who is successful in a contest, election, or other endeavor

Using winner: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "winner" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The winner of the race crossed the finish line first.

  • Example

    She was a winner in the science fair.

  • Example

    The team with the most points at the end of the game is declared the winner.

  • Example

    He's a born winner.

winner Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for winner

Antonyms for winner

Idioms Using winner

  • winner takes all

    a situation where the winner receives everything and the loser receives nothing


    In this competition, it's winner takes all, so you have to give it your all.

  • to be in a position where success is likely


    With their new product, they're onto a winner and expect to make a lot of money.

  • a phrase used to celebrate a victory or success


    We won the game! Chicken dinner winner!

Phrases with winner

  • the person who wins the top prize in a competition


    She was the first prize winner in the art contest.

  • a person who wins a large amount of money or a major prize


    He was the big winner in the lottery.

  • fair-weather winner

    a person who only wins when conditions are favorable and quits or loses when things get tough


    He's a fair-weather winner who only succeeds when everything goes his way.


Summary: winner in Brief

A 'winner' [ˈwɪnər] is a person or thing that wins something, or a person who is successful in a contest, election, or other endeavor. It can refer to someone who wins a competition, like 'The winner of the race crossed the finish line first,' or someone who is generally successful, like 'He's a born winner.' Phrases like 'winner takes all' and 'be onto a winner' are idiomatic expressions that connote a sense of victory or success.

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