- The definition of a Pyrrhic victory is a win where the victor suffers very big losses.
An example of a Pyrrhic victory is the Battle of the Alamo.
Origin of Pyrrhic victoryClassical Greek Pyrrhikos
Origin of Pyrrhic victoryAfter Pyrrhus.
(plural Pyrrhic victories)
Eponymous of the Greek king Pyrrhus of Epirus, who suffered heavy losses while defeating the Romans.