- in ancient Greece and Rome, a memorial of victory erected on the battlefield or in some public place, orig. a display of captured arms or other spoils
- a representation of this on a medal
- an architectural ornament representing a group of weapons
- something taken from the enemy and kept as a memorial of victory, as captured arms
- a lion's skin, deer's head, etc. displayed as evidence of hunting prowess
- a prize, usually a silver cup, awarded in a sports contest or other competition
- anything serving as a reminder, as of a triumph
Origin of trophyMiddle French trophée ; from Classical Latin trophaeum, altered ; from tropaeum, sign of victory ; from Classical Greek tropaion, a token of an enemy's defeat ; from tropaios, of a rout, turning ; from trop?, a turning, defeat ; from trepein: see trope
Origin of -trophyClassical Greek -trophia ; from trephein, to nourish: see trophic
Origin of -trophyGreek -trophia, from troph&emacron;, from trephein, to nourish.
- a. A prize or memento, such as a cup or plaque, received as a symbol of victory, especially in sports.b. A specimen or part, such as a lion's head, preserved as a token of a successful hunt.c. A memento, as of one's personal achievements.d. The spoils of war, dedicated in classical antiquity with an inscription to a deity and set up as a temporary monument on or near a battlefield, placed in an existing temple, or housed in a permanent, new structure.
- Architecture An ornamental marble carving or bronze casting depicting a group of weapons or armor placed upon a square or circular base.
Origin of trophyFrench trophée, from Old French trophee, from Latin trophaeum, monument to victory, variant of tropaeum, from Greek tropaion, from neuter of tropaios, of defeat, from trop&emacron;, a turning, rout; see trep- in Indo-European roots.
- (Roman antiquity) TropÃ¦um.
- An object, usually in the form of a statuette, cup, or shield, awarded for success in a competition or to mark a special achievement.
- He won the trophy in a running competition.
- An object taken as a prize by a hunter or conqueror, especially one that is displayed.
- The set of antlers which hung on the wall was his prized trophy.
- Any emblem of success; a status symbol.
- His trophies included his second wife, his successful children, the third and fourth homes in Palm Beach and Malibu, his three yachts (for the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Mediterranean), his jet, and his mistresses.
- (criminology, by extension) An object taken by a serial killer or rapist as a memento of the crime.
From Middle French trophÃ©e, from Latin trophaeum (“a sign of victory, a monument"), tropaeum, from Ancient Greek Ï„ÏÏŒÏ€Î±Î¹Î¿Î½ (tropaion, “monument of an enemy's defeat"), from neuter of Ï„ÏÎ¿Ï€Î±á¿–Î¿Ï‚ (tropaios, “of defeat"), from Ï„ÏÎ¿Ï€Î® (trope, “a rout, a turning of an enemy")
From Ancient Greek Ï„ÏÎ¿Ï†Î® (trophÄ“, “food, nourishment"), from Ï„ÏÎÏ†Ï‰ (trephÅ, “I congeal, thicken").