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

  • n. One that wins, especially a victor in sports or a notably successful person.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who has won or often wins.
  • n. A point or goal that wins a competition.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who wins, or gains by success in competition, contest, or gaming.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which wins; a successful contestant or competitor.

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

  • n. a person with a record of successes
  • n. a gambler who wins a bet
  • n. the contestant who wins the contest


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