Origin of trump

1
First recorded in 1520–30; unexplained variant of triumph
Related formstrump·less, adjective

Definition for trump (2 of 2)

trump

2
[ truhmp ]
/ trʌmp /
Literary.

noun

a trumpet.
its sound.

verb (used without object)

to blow a trumpet.

Origin of trump

2
1250–1300; (noun) Middle English trompe < Old French < Old High German trumpa, variant of trumba trumpet; (v.) Middle English trompen < Old French tromper, derivative of trompe
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British Dictionary definitions for trump (1 of 2)

trump

1
/ (trʌmp) /

noun

Also called: trump card
  1. any card from the suit chosen as trumps
  2. this suit itself; trumps
Also called: trump card a decisive or advantageous move, resource, action, etc
informal a fine or reliable person

verb

to play a trump card on (a suit, or a particular card of a suit, that is not trumps)
(tr) to outdo or surpass
See also trumps, trump up
Derived Formstrumpless, adjective

Word Origin for trump

C16: variant of triumph

British Dictionary definitions for trump (2 of 2)

trump

2
/ (trʌmp) archaic, or literary /

noun

a trumpet or the sound produced by one
the last trump the final trumpet call that according to the belief of some will awaken and raise the dead on the Day of Judgment

verb

(intr) to produce a sound upon or as if upon the trumpet
(tr) to proclaim or announce with or as if with a fanfare
(intr) British slang to expel intestinal gas through the anus

Word Origin for trump

C13: from Old French trompe, from Old High German trumpa trumpet; compare trombone
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Idioms and Phrases with trump

trump


In addition to the idioms beginning with trump

  • trump card
  • trump up

also see:

  • hold all the aces (trumps)
  • turn up trumps
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