From Middle English victory, victorie, borrowed from Old French victorie, from Latin victōria, from victor (“victor”). Displaced native Middle English siȝe, sye (“victory”) (from Old English siġe (“victory”)), Old English sigor (“victory, triumph”).
- (countable) An instance of having won a competition or battle or succeeded in an effort.
- It was a great victory on the battlefield.
- 2011 November 12, “International friendly: England 1-0 Spain”, in BBC Sport:
- England will not be catapulted among the favourites for Euro 2012 as a result of this win, but no victory against Spain is earned easily and it is right they take great heart from their efforts as they now prepare to play Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday.
- (uncountable) The condition of having succeeded in a conflict or other effort.
- 1921, The Pottery & Glass Salesman, volume 24, page 75:
- Already there are certain signs that politicians within the Republican party are suffering from the intoxication of too much victory.
- (countable) A winged figure representing victory, common in Roman official iconography. See Winged victory.
- (rare) To achieve a victory