Definition of winner in US English:



  • 1A person or thing that wins something.

    ‘a Nobel Prize winner’
    • ‘Naturally, in any election contest, there are winners and there are losers.’
    • ‘The four medal winners will qualify along with the winner and runner-up from a further two events.’
    • ‘He rode many winners as an amateur jockey, trained some and owned a few.’
    • ‘After an hour and a quarter, the winner of Saturday's London Marathon had run about 15 miles.’
    • ‘The last three times they have met in the Champions League, the winners have gone on to lift the trophy.’
    • ‘The winners qualify for the knockout before two teams make it to the finals.’
    • ‘There were a number of award winners and we will have details of these next week.’
    • ‘I am sure my feelings are echoed by many other winners and runners-up.’
    • ‘With the new points system, which has reduced the number of points for winners and runners-up, it pays to be consistent.’
    • ‘The winner of the contest will receive a free dinner for four at the museum.’
    • ‘The highest number of winners to scoop the Lotto jackpot from one draw was 133.’
    • ‘The winners of the rural contest will be announced at Bisterne fun day on Sunday.’
    • ‘Defoe is a match winner and is on fire following his first international goal for England.’
    • ‘In the attempt to end up as winners, footballers will resort to a number of unsportsmanlike practices during matches.’
    • ‘Plaques will also be presented to the winners and runners-up in each section.’
    • ‘Tickets are only guaranteed to the winners and runners-up in all categories.’
    • ‘However, the odds are also lengthening to a one in 28,000 chance of any prize as the numbers of winners next month reduces.’
    • ‘The Pup of the Year title is fiercely contested, with previous winners having gone on to win Supreme Champion at Crufts.’
    • ‘I'll also be running a silly contest - winners will win signed copies of both my books.’
    • ‘The tournament will employ the same format as last year with two pools of three nations, the winners of which qualify for the final.’
    victor, champion, conqueror, vanquisher, defeater, conquering hero, hero
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    1. 1.1 A goal or shot that wins a winner or point.
      • ‘Although Jairzinho got their winner, we matched them for most of the game and I thought we were unlucky to lose.’
      • ‘Ten minutes later and star performer Scott Sellars scored the winner with a goal worthy of claiming a title.’
      • ‘With all the South Bank players on the goal line, the kick was played to Moore who smashed in a deserved winner.’
      • ‘With five minutes left, Hampton's youngsters could have fashioned a shock winner.’
      • ‘Ossett with a numerical advantage went on to net the winner in the last minute.’
      • ‘Calvin Rowe scored a brace and Christopher Wilkinson hit the last-minute winner.’
      • ‘One such shot was a backhand winner hit while chasing back a good forehand from Ferreira.’
    2. 1.2Bridge A card that can be relied on to win a trick.
      • ‘The play is in tricks of four cards, with the winner of each trick leading to the next.’
      • ‘The highest card of the suit led wins the trick, and the winner leads to the next trick.’
      • ‘From the nine cards now in hand, one is discarded as before and play continues with the last trick winner leading.’
      • ‘If the very last trick has no winner its cards go to the winner of the previous trick.’
    3. 1.3informal A thing that is a success or is likely to be successful.
      ‘the changes failed to make the soap opera a winner’
      • ‘Glasgow must have thought they were on to a winner with only seven minutes gone.’
      • ‘The home side looked likely winners from an early staged and coasted home to a comfortable victory.’
      • ‘Combine this with the well-documented benefits to health and you are on to a winner.’
      • ‘With a better-scripted backbone, this endearing bunch will be on to a winner.’
      • ‘The Carrutherstown handler is churning out winners at an extraordinary rate and looks likely to add to his score tomorrow.’
      • ‘The fact that Tony manages to stand out from a group such as this only highlights what a born winner he is.’
      • ‘He thought that he was on to a winner, so he moved on to law and order next.’
      • ‘Combine this with a decent dividend yield and you should be on to a winner.’
      • ‘For raw human emotion and unpredictable fury, he would be on to a winner.’
      • ‘Make people believe things can happen on a local, real level and you're on to a winner.’
      • ‘After scratching off the sealed panel Dennis knew he was on to a winner and rushed off home to tell Brenda the good news.’
      • ‘We knew that if we could keep up with her for the next few weeks, we were on to a winner.’
      • ‘Dave can see he's on to a winner, so reels off a string of one-liners without a break.’
      • ‘Among the big corporates, the likely winners are already identifiable as transport and tourism.’
      • ‘If health or education is based on the market there will inevitably be success and failure, winners and losers, and boom and bust.’
      • ‘However, we are assured by the Town Hall that at last we're on to a winner.’
      • ‘You are more likely to pick a winner if you buy shares in a company whose business you are familiar with.’
      • ‘But the history of picking winners is not one of unadulterated success.’
      • ‘As soon as we walked into The Angler Inn we knew we were on to a winner.’
      • ‘Dance students are the biggest winners of this successful new co-op venture.’
      success, box-office success, sell-out, triumph, sensation
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