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[troh-fee] /ˈtroʊ fi/
noun, plural trophies.
anything taken in war, hunting, competition, etc., especially when preserved as a memento; spoil, prize, or award.
anything serving as a token or evidence of victory, valor, skill, etc.:
a sports trophy.
a symbol of success that is used to impress others:
He bought the lavish home as a trophy.
a carving, painting, or other representation of objects associated with or symbolic of victory or achievement.
any memento or memorial.
a memorial erected by certain ancient peoples, especially the Greeks and Romans, in commemoration of a victory in war and consisting of arms or other spoils taken from the enemy and hung upon a tree, pillar, or the like.
noting or relating to a symbol of success that is used to impress others:
They just want a near-perfect trophy child to brag about.
Origin of trophy
1505-15; earlier trophe < French trophée < Latin trop(h)aeum < Greek trópaion, noun use of neuter of trópaios, Attic variant of tropaîos of turning or putting to flight, equivalent to trop() a turning (akin to trépein to turn) + -aios adj. suffix. See trope
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trophyless, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for trophy child


noun (pl) -phies
an object such as a silver or gold cup that is symbolic of victory in a contest, esp a sporting contest; prize
a memento of success, esp one taken in war or hunting
(in ancient Greece and Rome)
  1. a memorial to a victory, usually consisting of captured arms raised on the battlefield or in a public place
  2. a representation of such a memorial
an ornamental carving that represents a group of weapons, etc
(modifier) (informal) highly desirable and regarded as a symbol of wealth or success: a trophy wife
Word Origin
C16: from French trophée, from Latin tropaeum, from Greek tropaion, from tropē a turning, defeat of the enemy; related to Greek trepein to turn
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Contemporary definitions for trophy child

a child whose accomplishments or other attributes are used by the parents to impress others


The star athlete became the trophy child for the stepfather.

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trophy-child adj's 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for trophy child



1510s, "a spoil or prize of war," from Middle French trophée (15c.) from Latin trophaeum "a sign of victory, monument," originally tropaeum, from Greek tropaion "monument of an enemy's defeat," noun use of neuter of adjective tropaios "of defeat," from trope "a rout," originally "a turning" (of the enemy); see trope. Figurative extension to any token or memorial of victory is first recorded 1560s. Trophy wife attested by 1984.

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Slang definitions & phrases for trophy child

trophy child


A child whose accomplishments or other attributes are used by the parents to impress others: The star athlete became the trophy child for the stepfather

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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