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
Origin and Etymology of trophy
Medieval 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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