from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A defeat of an enemy or opponent.
  • noun A success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle.
  • noun The state or fact of having defeated an opponent or of having achieved success.
  • noun Exultation or celebration at defeating an opponent or accomplishing something.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The defeat or overcoming of an antagonist in a contest or an enemy in battle; triumph.
  • noun The advantage or superiority gained in any contest, as over passions, or over temptations, or in any moral or spiritual struggle.
  • noun A female deity of the Greeks and Romans, the personification of success in battle or in any active struggle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The defeat of an enemy in battle, or of an antagonist in any contest; a gaining of the superiority in any struggle or competition; conquest; triumph; -- the opposite of defeat.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An instance of having won a competition or battle.
  • verb rare To achieve a victory

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

  • noun a successful ending of a struggle or contest


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

[Middle English, from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from victor, victor; see victor.]

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Middle English victory, victorie, from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from victor ("victor"). Displaced native Middle English siȝe, sye ("victory") (from Old English siġe ("victory")), Old English sigor ("victory, triumph").


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