- noun something useful which may help you to be successful
- Usually refers to a cost advantage, though it could refer to a strategic advantage (such as first mover advantage) or to a superiority of technology or quality.
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.