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.
- tro·phy·less, adjective
Other definitions for -trophy (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use trophy in a sentence
As for Tampa Bay, the Bolts are in danger of coughing away yet another golden opportunity to add to their trophy case.The Dallas Stars Are Putting Their Regular-Season Shortcomings Behind Them | Terrence Doyle | September 21, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
“Succession” star Jeremy Strong won the drama actor trophy for his role as an aspiring heir.‘Succession’ wins best drama, while ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweeps the Emmy Awards | radmarya | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
Khadija Siddique come around to her son’s choice of careers, as Ash now makes enough money to support his family, which, he says, is a far bigger award than any trophy.
So when domestic rival Liverpool was eliminated in early March, it appeared as though the only thing that stood between City and its first ever Champions League trophy was Bayern.After Manchester City’s Big Loss, Who’s The Favorite To Win The Champions League? | Terrence Doyle | August 18, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
The Bavarian club is now the heavy favorite to lift the Champions League trophy, and for good reason.After Manchester City’s Big Loss, Who’s The Favorite To Win The Champions League? | Terrence Doyle | August 18, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
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 | Samantha Allen | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Get a thrill, get off a lucky shot, take home a trophy, put it up in a secret chamber of our heart.
“Management” in this situation means issuing permits for trophy grizzly hunts.
The charity gets its name from the symbolic date when the America's Cup trophy left the U.K.
Its horrific title aside, trophy Wife was the closest thing in style, tone, and humor to Modern Family that ABC had ever produced.
Sometimes Yung Pak would be the winner, and then he would march home with great glee and show the trophy to his father.Our Little Korean Cousin | H. Lee M. Pike
Some of the soldiers insisted on skinning the beast and taking the skin along as a trophy.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
The dæmon of anarchy has here raised a superb trophy on a monument of ruins.
Then she started back for the caves taking the slat of wood with her as a trophy.The Beach of Dreams | H. De Vere Stacpoole
I presented my trophy and treasure-trove to the fairy-like Miss Wee-wee.Baboo Jabberjee, B.A. | F. Anstey
British Dictionary definitions for trophy (1 of 2)
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 success: a trophy wife
British Dictionary definitions for -trophy (2 of 2)
indicating a certain type of nourishment or growth: dystrophy
- -trophic, adj combining form
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