A vantage is a really good place from which to survey a scene. You might find that the roof of the house offers an excellent vantage from which to drop water balloons on your kid brother’s head.

Vantage is a variation of advantage, but when we use vantage we’re almost always talking about a position, not just general superiority. If you had extra tutoring for a big exam, you would have the advantage over a classmate who didn’t. But if your seat for the test allowed you to see the answer sheet lying on the desk, well then you would have a superior vantage — not that you would take advantage of that, of course!

Definitions of vantage

n place or situation affording some advantage (especially a comprehensive view or commanding perspective)

vantage point, viewpoint
a place from which something can be viewed
Type of:
place, position
the particular portion of space occupied by something

n the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
show 25 types...
hide 25 types...
favor, favour
an advantage to the benefit of someone or something
strategic advantage; power to act effectively
advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
homecourt advantage
the advantage of playing on your home court in front of fans who are rooting for you
an advantage held by a competitor in a race
clout, pull
special advantage or influence
head start, start
the advantage gained by beginning early (as in a race)
gain, profit
the advantageous quality of being beneficial
grant of favor or advantage to one over another (especially to a country or countries in matters of international trade, such as levying duties)
a special advantage or immunity or benefit not enjoyed by all
expedience, expediency
the quality of being suited to the end in view
favorable position, favourable position, superiority
the quality of being at a competitive advantage
advantageousness, favorableness, favourableness, positiveness, positivity, profitableness
the quality of being encouraging or promising of a successful outcome
tax advantage
an advantage bestowed by legislation that reduces a tax on some preferred activity
bargaining chip
leverage in the form of an inducement or a concession useful in successful negotiations
the quality of taking advantage
gainfulness, lucrativeness, profitability, profitableness
the quality of affording gain or benefit or profit
a slight competitive advantage
inside track
a favorable position in a competition
upper hand, whip hand
position of advantage and control
common good, commonweal
the good of a community
auspiciousness, propitiousness
the favorable quality of strongly indicating a successful result
(games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game
(golf) a handicap of zero strokes
Type of:
asset, plus
a useful or valuable quality

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.