- 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
- 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
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.
So they set up a trophy, and took up their quarters for the night.
- 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)
- 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
- 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
- indicating a certain type of nourishment or growthdystrophy
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."
- Nutrition; growth:hypertrophy.