Etymology
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winner (n.)

mid-14c., agent noun from win (v.). Adjectival winner-take-all attested from 1901.

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Definitions of winner

winner (n.)
the contestant who wins the contest;
Synonyms: victor
winner (n.)
a gambler who wins a bet;
winner (n.)
a person with a record of successes;
only winners need apply
Synonyms: achiever / success / succeeder
From wordnet.princeton.edu