One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A person who defeats an enemy or opponent in a battle, game, or other competition.‘congratulations to the victors’‘there were many dead on the field but no clear victor’
winner, champion, conqueror, vanquisher, conquering hero, heroView synonyms
- ‘He said the Health Service Reform would be achieved in a way that would not result in victors or vanquished.’
- ‘There is a danger that we think of peace settlements as being about the relations between victors and vanquished alone.’
- ‘Silsden Park Rangers held their nerve against Lindley Swifts and came away the victors in a high scoring encounter.’
- ‘To the victors, the perfume was the fragrance of victory - but for the prisoners it was the stench of death.’
- ‘Towards the end of the war, the victors founded the United Nations at the San Francisco conference.’
- ‘It carries the spray of foam, beer foam, through the air and into the hair of the victors.’
- ‘After three games in nine days Bolton eventually ended up victors in this game at Villa Park.’
- ‘Britain and France emerged from the war as victors, but as completely impoverished victors.’
- ‘In a democracy, there are no losers, or victors for democracy encourages competition.’
- ‘In doing so she became the first Russian to win Wimbledon and one of the tournament's youngest-ever victors.’
- ‘Whatever the outcome expect little more than a score or two to separate victors and vanquished at the end.’
- ‘No sooner was peace signed than the victors began to squabble among themselves.’
- ‘It divided people into groups of the victors and the vanquished, bearing hatred for each other.’
- ‘Australia were clear victors in the Rugby League World Cup last year.’
- ‘When the two sides met earlier in the competition, Garrymore were victors by a large margin.’
- ‘The winner of each repechage then faces the runner-up in the other, with the two victors awarded bronze medals.’
- ‘This was tremendously enjoyable and Balla were the victors in the fun game.’
- ‘Compare this with how the victors over France acted after its defeat in the Napoleonic wars.’
- ‘The victors of the Olympic Games in ancient Greece were awarded crowns made of olive branches.’
- ‘If England can set more challenging totals, they could yet make the leap from plucky losers to deserved victors.’
2A code word representing the letter V, used in radio communication.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French victo(u)r or Latin victor, from vincere ‘conquer’.
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