Trump Definition

trŭmp
trumps
noun
trumps
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 suit.
Webster's New World
A suit of trumps.
Webster's New World
A trump card.
American Heritage
Any advantage held in reserve until needed.
Webster's New World
A key resource to be used at an opportune moment.
American Heritage
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verb
trumps
To play a trump on (a trick, another card, etc.) when a trump was not led, often, specif., so as to take it thereby.
Webster's New World
To play a trump when a trump was not led.
Webster's New World
To surpass; outdo.
Webster's New World
To get the better of (an adversary or competitor, for example) by using a crucial, often hidden resource.
American Heritage
In this election, it would seem issues of national security trumped economic issues.
Wiktionary
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pronoun
Wiktionary
idiom
trump up
  • to devise or make up (a charge against someone, an excuse, etc.) fraudulently
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Trump

Noun

Singular:
trump
Plural:
trumps

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Origin of Trump

  • From Middle English trompe "trumpet" from Old French trompe "horn, trump, trumpet", from Frankish *trumpa, *trumba "trumpet". Akin to Old High German trumpa, trumba "horn, trumpet", Middle Dutch tromme "drum", Middle Low German trumme "drum". More at trumpet, drum.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English trompe from Old French trumpet

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

  • Possibly from Italian trionfi (triumph(s)).

    From Wiktionary

  • Alteration of triumph

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

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