Definition of trophy
1 : something gained or given in victory or conquest especially when preserved or mounted as a memorial
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 : a game animal or fish suitable for mounting as a trophy —usually used attributively
4 : one that is prized for qualities that enhance prestige or social status —usually used attributively a trophy wife a trophy house
Recent Examples of trophy from the Web
At stake is a trophy and more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.
Jordan has twice as many championships, a 5-4 edge in regular-season most valuable player awards and a 6-3 edge in Finals MVP trophies.
Palomar College’s debate team has taken home dozens of trophies over the last year and won top honors at a recent national competition.
The win gave Dillon his first trophy in the Cup series, brought the iconic No. 3 back to Victory Lane for the first time in 17 years and gave a boost to the team owned by his grandfather, Hall of Famer Richard Childress.
The AHSAA softball season ended two days later than planned after rain suspended the Class 5A championship, but all seven title-winners celebrated the Blue Map trophy with gusto.
The 30-year-old Nadal, who retired last year before his third round match with a wrist injury, has a 72-2 record at the clay-court major and is the only player with nine trophies from one Grand Slam tournament.
Much has changed since then, too, including the fact that Oracle and its American owner Larry Ellison are defending the oldest major trophy in sports outside of the United States rather than at home.
With 20 inches of suspension travel—up to seven more than Ford's F-150 Raptor—the JLTV floats over the terrain like a Baja trophy truck.
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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
First Known Use: 15th century
Definition of -trophy
: 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
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
Definition of trophy for Students
1 : something given to celebrate a victory or as an award for achievement I won the bowling trophy.
2 : something taken in battle or conquest especially as a memorial
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