The victor is the winner of a contest, usually one that requires physical skills or strength, like in battle or sports. Calling someone the victor implies that he or she triumphed in a difficult competition.

The origin of the noun victor is in the Latin word vincere, meaning “conquer.” If you conquer your opponents, in a weekend-long chess showdown, the wrestling match, the beauty contest, the debate, or a 5K run, you are the victor. It means you won — victory is yours. Whenever an opponent is defeated, the winner is the victor.

Definitions of victor
  1. noun
    a combatant who is able to defeat rivals
    synonyms: master, superior
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    Alexander the Great
    king of Macedon; conqueror of Greece and Egypt and Persia; founder of Alexandria (356-323 BC)
    conqueror, vanquisher
    someone who is victorious by force of arms
    a conqueror who defeats and enslaves
    type of:
    battler, belligerent, combatant, fighter, scrapper
    someone who fights (or is fighting)
  2. noun
    the contestant who wins the contest
    synonyms: winner
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    also-ran, loser
    a contestant who loses the contest
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    a winner (of a race or an election etc.) whose victory is contested
    medalist, medallist
    someone who has won a medal
    an unexpected winner; someone who defeats the favorite competitor
    a winner by a wide margin
    type of:
    a person who participates in competitions
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