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trump

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noun \ˈtrəmp\

Definition of trump

  1. 1a :  trumpetb chiefly Scotland :  jew's harp

  2. 2 :  a sound of or as if of trumpeting <the trump of doom>

Origin and Etymology of trump

Middle English trompe, from Anglo-French trumpe, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German trumba, trumpa trumpet


First Known Use: 14th century


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trump

noun

Definition of trump

  1. 1a :  a card of a suit any of whose cards will win over a card that is not of this suit —called also trump cardb :  the suit whose cards are trumps for a particular hand —often used in plural

  2. 2 :  a decisive overriding factor or final resource —called also trump card

  3. 3 :  a dependable and exemplary person

Origin and Etymology of trump

alteration of 1triumph


First Known Use: 1529


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trump

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Definition of trump

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to get the better of :  override <where ambition invariably trumps loyalty — Michael Kramer>

  3. 2 :  to play a trump on (a card or trick) when another suit was led

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to play a trump when another suit was led

Examples of trump in a sentence

  1. She trumped my ace to win the trick.

  2. Their offer for the house was trumped by a higher bid.

  3. The need for blood donors trumps all other concerns.

1586

First Known Use of trump

1586


Trump

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biographical name \ˈtrəmp\

Definition of Trump

  1. Donald (John) 1946–     American businessman and politician



TRUMP Defined for English Language Learners


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trump

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Definition of trump for English Language Learners

  • : to beat (another card) by playing a card from the suit that beats the other suits : to play a trump card to beat (another card)

  • : to do better than (someone or something) in a contest, competition, etc.

  • : to be more important than (something)



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