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
Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, had been favored by some British bookmakers to lift the trophy at fortnight's end, despite competing in only her third tournament of her comeback.
But the World Cup will have another trophy for company if Loew's fledglings can beat Chile on Sunday in St. Petersburg.
FILE - In this June 15, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry gestures while holding the Larry O’Brien trophy during a parade and rally after winning the NBA basketball championship, in Oakland, Calif.
Roger Federer, the 35-year-old father of four who has not won Wimbledon in five years, enters the hallowed grounds of the All-England Club as the favorite to win the 2017 trophy.
These girls have worked extremely hard to balance both academics and athletics while bringing home the state championship trophy for the last three years.
Different competitors battle it out in each category for trophies and cash prizes in front of a panel of judges.
Exhibitors will compete for the 23 trophies available.
The skulls might have been displayed as part of ancestor worship, or as trophies to show off the remains of dead enemies.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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