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Definitions for trophy
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an award for success in war or hunting
something given as a token of victory
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.
An object taken by a serial killer or rapist as a memento of the crime.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
A trophy is a tangible, durable reminder of a specific achievement, and serves as a recognition or evidence of merit. Trophies are often awarded for sporting events, from youth sports to professional level athletics. In many sports medals (or, in North America, rings) are often given out either as the trophy or along with more traditional trophies. Originally the word trophy, derived from the Greek tropaion, referred to arms, standards, other property, or human captives and body parts (e.g., headhunting) 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.
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
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
anything taken from an enemy and preserved as a memorial of victory, as arms, flags, standards, etc
any evidence or memorial of victory or conquest; as, every redeemed soul is a trophy of grace
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
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. tropaion—tropē, a turning—trepein, to turn.]
Dictionary of Nautical Terms
Anything captured from an enemy and shown or treasured as a token of victory.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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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British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'trophy' in Nouns Frequency: #2196
The numerical value of trophy in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of trophy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of trophy in a Sentence
I've got 14 titles (two on the PGA Tour, 12 on the European) to my name and a pretty good Ryder Cup record, so I think that outweighs the business side of things, i think in a few years' time, if I sit back and look at the trophy cabinet and make sure I've got a successful business, then I've done my job.
I can't explain it, it's been a week of very mixed emotions but I'm sitting here looking at this trophy going, 'How the hell did it happen?'.
The ACLU's motion to again hold Kim Davis in contempt reveals that their interest is not the license but rather a marriage license bearing the name of Kim Davis. They want her scalp to hang on the wall as a trophy.
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.
If and when the Vatican is attacked by the ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS's ultimate trophy, I can promise Pope Francis that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president, for a religious leader to question a person’s faith is disgraceful. I am proud to be a Christian and as president I will not allow Christianity to be consistently attacked and weakened.
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- ট্রফি, জয়চিহ্নBengali
- trofeuCatalan, Valencian
- palkinto, pokaaliFinnish
- twofeHaitian Creole
- paraihe, itoMāori
- troféNorwegian Nynorsk
- kombe, nyaraSwahili
- sovrin, kubokUzbek
- chiếc cúpVietnamese
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