from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An advantage in a competition or conflict; superiority.
  • n. A position, condition, or opportunity that is likely to provide superiority or an advantage.
  • n. A vantage point.
  • n. Sports An advantage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An advantage.
  • n. A place or position affording a good view; a vantage point.
  • v. To profit; to aid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Superior or more favorable situation or opportunity; gain; profit; advantage.
  • n. A position offering a superior view of a scene or situation; -- used literally and figuratively; ; also called vantage point.
  • n. The first point scored after deuce; advantage{5}.
  • transitive v. To profit; to aid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To profit; aid.
  • n. Advantage; gain; profit.
  • n. Advantage; the state in which one has better means of action or defense than another; vantage-ground.
  • n. Opportunity; convenience.
  • n. Surplus; excess; addition.
  • n. In lawn-tennis, same as advantage

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. place or situation affording some advantage (especially a comprehensive view or commanding perspective)
  • n. the quality of having a superior or more favorable position


Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, short for Old French avantage, advantage; see advantage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English vantage, by apheresis from advantage; see advantage. (Wiktionary)



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  • "LYSANDER: I am, my lord, as well derived as he,
    As well possessed. My love is more than his,
    My fortunes every way as fairly ranked -
    If not with vantage - as Demetrius'."
    - William Shakespeare, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' :)

    January 12, 2012

  • "BRUTUS: Let them go on;
    This mutiny were better put in hazard
    Than stay, past doubt, for greater:
    If, as his nature is, he fall in rage
    With their refusal, both observe and answer
    The vantage of his anger."
    - William Shakespeare, 'The Tragedy of Coriolanus'.

    August 28, 2009