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trophy

[ troh-fee ]
/ ˈtroʊ fi /
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noun, plural tro·phies.
adjective
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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM trophy

tro·phy·less, adjective

Other definitions for trophy (2 of 2)

-trophy

a combining form used in the formation of nouns with the general senses “nourishment, feeding” (mycotrophy), “growth” (hypertrophy); also forming abstract nouns corresponding to adjectives ending in -trophic.

Origin of -trophy

<Greek -trophia nutrition, equivalent to troph() food + -ia-y3
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British Dictionary definitions for trophy (1 of 2)

trophy
/ (ˈtrəʊfɪ) /

noun plural -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 successa trophy wife

Word Origin for trophy

C16: from French trophée, from Latin tropaeum, from Greek tropaion, from tropē a turning, defeat of the enemy; related to Greek trepein to turn

British Dictionary definitions for trophy (2 of 2)

-trophy

n combining form
indicating a certain type of nourishment or growthdystrophy

Derived forms of -trophy

-trophic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -trophy

from Greek -trophia, from trophē nourishment
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