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noun tro·phy \ˈtrō-fē\

Definition of trophy

plural

trophies

  1. 1 :  something gained or given in victory or conquest especially when preserved or mounted as a memorial

  2. 2a :  a memorial of an ancient Greek or Roman victory raised on the field of battle or on the nearest land for a naval victoryb :  a representation of such a memorial (as on a medal); also :  an architectural ornament representing a group of military weapons

  3. 3 :  a game animal or fish suitable for mounting as a trophy —usually used attributively

  4. 4 :  one that is prized for qualities that enhance prestige or social status —usually used attributively a trophy wife a trophy house

trophy

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Origin and Etymology of trophy

Middle French trophee, from Medieval Latin tropheum, from Latin tropaeum, trophaeum, from Greek tropaion, from neuter of tropaios of a turning, of a rout, from tropē turn, rout, from trepein to turn


-trophy

noun combining form tro·phy

Definition of -trophy

  1. :  nutrition :  nurture :  growth dystrophy

Origin and Etymology of -trophy

New Latin -trophia, from Greek, from -trophos nourishing, from trephein



TROPHY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of trophy for English Language Learners

  • : an object (such as a large cup or sculpture) that is given as a prize for winning a competition

  • : something that you keep or take to show that you were successful in hunting, war, etc.


TROPHY Defined for Kids

trophy

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noun tro·phy \ˈtrō-fē\

Definition of trophy for Students

plural

trophies

  1. 1 :  something given to celebrate a victory or as an award for achievement I won the bowling trophy.

  2. 2 :  something taken in battle or conquest especially as a memorial



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