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.
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
Hopefully Francesco will pull it off this weekend and we can have a third Italian to win this trophy. That would be amazing.
If and when the Vatican is attacked by the ISIS, which as everyone knows is ISIS's ultimate trophy, I can promise you that the pope would have only wished and prayed that Donald Trump would have been president.
It was pretty crazy, looking back now I have no idea how that happened. That's like the one trophy we have up in our family room because there is a picture of me holding him on the court because it seemed so surreal. I can barely remember it.
Sumo is Japanese traditional culture. It is not just about winning and defeat. So, it is good that the president is involved and will present a trophy.
I think we all deserve to be holding the trophy, but I think I'm very fortunate to be the real one holding it.
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- জয়চিহ্ন, ট্রফিBengali
- trofeuCatalan, Valencian
- palkinto, pokaaliFinnish
- twofeHaitian Creole
- paraihe, itoMāori
- troféNorwegian Nynorsk
- kombe, nyaraSwahili
- sovrin, kubokUzbek
- chiếc cúpVietnamese
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