Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who defeats an adversary; the winner in a fight, battle, contest, or struggle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The winner in a fight or contest.
  • n. The letter V in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The winner in a contest; one who gets the better of another in any struggle; esp., one who defeats an enemy in battle; a vanquisher; a conqueror; -- often followed by at, rarely by of.
  • n. A destroyer.
  • adj. Victorious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who wins in a contest of any kind; one who vanquishes another in any struggle, especially in war; one who defeats an enemy in battle; a conqueror.
  • n. One who ruins or destroys; a destroyer.
  • n. Synonyms 1. Victor, Conqueror. A victor differs from a, conqueror inasmuchas the latter achieves a complete success and conquers his opponent perhaps after a scries of victories, while the victor is so called because of his success in a single or a particular contest, which may be otherwise barren of result to him. Victor is also applied to one who gains the day in a personal contest or competition, as in a race.
  • Victorious.
  • To play the victor; exult.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
  • n. the contestant who wins the contest

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French victeur, from Latin victor, from victus, past participle of vincere, to conquer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowed from Latin victor ("a conqueror"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The suffix - tor (- sor), Fem. - trīx, denotes _the agent_; as, -- victor, victrīx, _victor_; dēfēnsor, _defender_.

    New Latin Grammar

  • In almost every case the victor is the person who physically won the altercation, and this person often enjoys the esteem and respect of onlookers.

    The Code of the Streets

  • The film was also a big step forward in the careers of Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, and Seth Rogen (although I wish Romany Malco could find the same success), but the biggest victor is Apatow who transformed the brilliance of his television shows into two hours of comedy that finally brought the writer/director/producer the widespread respect and adulation he always deserved.

    Matt’s Top 20 Films of the 2000s – Collider.com

  • If the victor is lucky, a seven-second highlight might appear somewhere in the evening news.

    Ed Miliband draws first blood at PMQs

  • It always takes two; the "ripped" and the "ripper", the "victim" and the "victor". (the victor is not such to the victim, but certainly to his friends and family!).

    Ripped off Prevention Tactics

  • The eventual victor is One-Eye, Fang's father, with whom the she-wolf makes a home.

    Le Milieu, Le Moment, La Race: Literary Naturalism in Jack London's White Fang

  • Puma players/numbers font done by me in victor (maybe not so accurate).

    Completed Puma font

  • The problem stems, it would seem, from the insistence that the victor is now the loser and the loser the victor — that those concessions are merely the starting point for further negotiations instead of a generous (if self-interested) offer of mercy on the part of the victor.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » What’s Going on With Turkey

  • Palin has had a stream of successes interrupted only by the 2008 election, which nothing but her personal popularity moved from being a total rout to a mere defeat (meanwhile the nominal victor is becoming the least effective president since Jimmy Carter and two years away his re-election prospects look dubious).

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Judge Reinhardt’s Dig on Sarah Palin

  • Remember everyone, even if your candidate does not make the final cut .. the victor is merely the top representative of the Democratic Party .. he/she is NOT the party itself meaning he/she still must listen tot he voice of the party or inevitably end up a permanent political outcast. skylark

    Paterson says Clinton frustrated, not desperate

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