Trophy definition

trōfē
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Impressive or ostentatious so as to display one's wealth or status.

A trophy home.

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An architectural ornament representing a group of weapons.
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Regarded as symbolizing one's success, wealth, etc.

A trophy estate.

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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.
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Something taken from the enemy and kept as a memorial of victory, as captured arms.
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Nutrition, nourishment, growth.

Hypertrophy.

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Nutrition; growth.

Hypertrophy.

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(architecture) An ornamental marble carving or bronze casting depicting a group of weapons or armor placed upon a square or circular base.
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A prize or memento, such as a cup or plaque, received as a symbol of victory, especially in sports.
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A specimen or part, such as a lion's head, preserved as a token of a successful hunt.
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A lion's skin, deer's head, etc. displayed as evidence of hunting prowess.
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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.
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A representation of this on a medal.
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A prize, usually a silver cup, awarded in a sports contest or other competition.
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Anything serving as a reminder, as of a triumph.
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(Roman antiquity) Tropæum.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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(criminology, by extension) An object taken by a serial killer or rapist as a memento of the crime.
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A memento, as of one's personal achievements.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
trophy
Plural:
trophies

Origin of trophy

  • Gr -trophia < trephein, to nourish: see trophic

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • French trophée from Old French trophee from Latin trophaeum monument to victory variant of tropaeum from Greek tropaion from neuter of tropaios of defeat from tropē a turning, rout trep- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Greek -trophiā from trophē from trephein to nourish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French trophée, from Latin trophaeum (“a sign of victory, a monument"), tropaeum, from Ancient Greek τρόπαιον (tropaion, “monument of an enemy's defeat"), from neuter of τροπαῖος (tropaios, “of defeat"), from τροπή (trope, “a rout, a turning of an enemy")

    From Wiktionary

  • From Ancient Greek τροφή (trophÄ“, “food, nourishment"), from τρέφω (trephō, “I congeal, thicken").

    From Wiktionary