noun, plural tro·phies.
Origin of trophy
Origin of -trophy
Related Words for trophycitation, prize, gold, cup, keepsake, crown, souvenir, decoration, medal, memento, memorial, booty, guerdon, spoils, token, reminder, ribbon, palm
Examples from the Web for trophy
Contemporary Examples of trophy
In straight relationships with an age gap, words like ‘gold-digger’ and ‘trophy wife’ get thrown around.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
Get a thrill, get off a lucky shot, take home a trophy, put it up in a secret chamber of our heart.McConaughey’s ‘Stand’—And Ours
December 5, 2014
“Management” in this situation means issuing permits for trophy grizzly hunts.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
The charity gets its name from the symbolic date when the America's Cup trophy left the U.K.The Disappearance of Kate Middleton
October 15, 2014
Its horrific title aside, Trophy Wife was the closest thing in style, tone, and humor to Modern Family that ABC had ever produced.‘black-ish’ Is the New ‘Modern Family’
October 1, 2014
Historical Examples of trophy
You worship victories, for in your trophies the cross is the heart of the trophy.The Non-Christian Cross
John Denham Parsons
But, after all, Max carried the trophy of Steve's shots close to the camp.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
Then Doug turned placidly back to the construction of his trophy.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
They captured about two hundred shields, and set up a trophy.
On this spot the Ephesians erected a trophy, and another at Coressus.
noun plural -phies
- a memorial to a victory, usually consisting of captured arms raised on the battlefield or in a public place
- a representation of such a memorial
Word Origin for trophy
n combining form
Word Origin for -trophy
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.
word-forming element meaning "food, nourishment," from Greek trophe "food, nourishment," related to trephein "make thrive, nourish, rear; to make solid, congeal, thicken."