What does Trophy mean?

Definitions for Trophy
ˈtroʊ fiTro·phy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. trophynoun

    an award for success in war or hunting

  2. trophy, prizenoun

    something given as a token of victory


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  2. trophynoun

    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.

  3. trophynoun

    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.

  4. trophynoun

    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.

  5. trophynoun

    An object taken by a serial killer or rapist as a memento of the crime.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Trophynoun

    Something taken from an enemy, and shewn or treasured up in proof of victory.

    Etymology: tropæum, trophæum, Latin.

    What trophy then shall I most fit devise,
    In which I may record the memory
    Of my love’s conquest, peerless beauty’s prize
    Adorn’d with honour, love, and chastity? Edmund Spenser.

    To have borne
    His bruised helmet and his bended sword,
    Before him through the city, he forbids;
    Giving all trophy, signal, and ostent,
    Quite from himself to God. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    There lie thy bones,
    Till we with trophies do adorn thy tomb. William Shakespeare.

    Twice will I not review the morning’s rise,
    Till I have torn that trophy from thy back,
    And split thy heart for wearing it. William Shakespeare.

    In ancient times the trophies erected upon the place of the victory, the triumphs of the generals upon their return, the great donatives upon the disbanding of the armies, were things able to enflame all mens courage. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    Around the posts hung helmets, darts, and spears,
    And captive chariots, axes, shields, and bars,
    And broken beaks of ships, the trophies of their wars. Dry.

    The tomb with manly arms and trophies grace,
    To shew posterity Elpenor was. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. xi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trophynoun

    a sign or memorial of a victory raised on the field of battle, or, in case of a naval victory, on the nearest land. Sometimes trophies were erected in the chief city of the conquered people

  2. Trophynoun

    the representation of such a memorial, as on a medal; esp. (Arch.), an ornament representing a group of arms and military weapons, offensive and defensive

  3. Trophynoun

    anything taken from an enemy and preserved as a memorial of victory, as arms, flags, standards, etc

  4. Trophynoun

    any evidence or memorial of victory or conquest; as, every redeemed soul is a trophy of grace


  1. Trophy

    A trophy is a reward for a specific achievement, and serves as recognition or evidence of merit. Trophies are most often awarded for sporting events, from youth sports to professional level athletics. In many sports medals are often given out either instead of or along with trophies. Originally the word trophy, derived from the Greek tropaion, referred to arms, standards, other property, or human captives and body parts captured in battle. These war trophies commemorated the military victories of a state, army or individual combatant. In modern warfare trophy taking is discouraged, but this sense of the word is reflected in hunting trophies and human trophy collecting by serial killers.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trophy

    trō′fi, n. a memorial of a victory, consisting of a pile of arms erected on the field of battle: anything taken from an enemy and preserved as a memorial of victory: something that is evidence of victory: an ornamental group of weapons, flags, memorials of the chase, &c.—v.t. to adorn with trophies.—adj. Trō′phied, adorned with trophies. [Fr. trophée—L. tropæum—Gr. tropaiontropē, a turning—trepein, to turn.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. trophy

    Anything captured from an enemy and shown or treasured as a token of victory.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. trophy

    Was a memorial of victory erected on the spot where the enemy had turned to flight. Among the Greeks (with the exception of the Macedonians, who erected no trophies) one or two shields and helmets of the routed enemy placed upon the trunk of a tree served as the sign and memorial of victory. After a sea-fight the trophy consisted of the beaks and stern-ornaments of the captured vessels, set up on the nearest coast. It was considered wrong to destroy such a trophy, and equally wrong to repair it when it had fallen down through time, for animosity ought not to be perpetual. In early times the Romans never erected trophies on the field, but decorated the buildings at Rome with the spoils of the vanquished. In later times pillars and triumphal arches were employed to commemorate victories. Besides these, in modern times, the humiliation of an enemy is rendered lasting by such devices as the bridge of Jena, of Waterloo, and by the distribution of captured cannon. Morally considered, this practice is no improvement upon the simple and perishable trophies of the ancient Greeks.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Trophy' in Nouns Frequency: #2196

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Trophy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Trophy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Trophy in a Sentence

  1. Tracy Coppola:

    The trend is 'let's open a trophy hunt,' it's a very wrong management technique.

  2. Yuka Saso:

    Rory said,' Get that trophy,' and I did. So thank you, Rory.

  3. Cristiano Ronaldo:

    I never thought that I would bring this trophy back home on three occasions and I want to win it again. I want to become one of the greatest players of all time.

  4. Mike Posner:

    I don't even know what this experience means in the context of my life yet, i do know that I am not the same person I was when I started. I'm harder. I'm more authentic. I'm more real. I'm more myself. That's the only trophy I need.

  5. Mickey Mehta:

    Choose fulfillment over trophy , don't leech away life always... embrace philanthropy & choose evolution over entropy . Going around is life's nature...let giving be the only culture . Let your giving be maximized , your returns will be optimized and you shall get Mickeymized

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