- any playing card of a suit that ranks higher than any other suit during the playing of a hand: a trump can take any card of any other suitalso trump card
- [occas. pl., with sing. v.] a suit of trumps
- any advantage held in reserve until neededalso trump card
- Informal a fine person, good fellow, etc.
Origin of trumpaltered from triumph
- to play a trump on (a trick, another card, etc.) when a trump was not led, often, specif., so as to take it thereby
- to surpass; outdo