advantage

Definitions

Commerce

  • noun something useful which may help you to be successful

Economics

Sports

  • noun the point scored after deuce, after which the next point scored wins the game

Origin & History of “advantage”

Advantage comes from Old French avantage, which was based on avant ‘before’; the notion behind its formation was of being ahead of others, and hence in a superior position. As with advance, the intrusive -d- became established in the 16th century, on the analogy of words genuinely containing the Latin prefix ad-. The reduced form vantage actually predates advantage in English, having entered the language via Anglo-Norman in the 13th century.
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