- any playing card of a suit that for the time outranks the other suits, such a card being able to take any card of another suit.
- Often trumps.(used with a singular verb)the suit itself.
- Informal. a fine person; brick.
- Cards. to take with a trump.
- to excel; surpass; outdo.
- to play a trump.
- to take a trick with a trump.
- trump up, to devise deceitfully or dishonestly, as an accusation; fabricate: Try as they might, they were unable to trump up a convincing case against him.
Origin of trump1
- a trumpet.
- its sound.
- to blow a trumpet.
Origin of trump2
Related Words for trumpoutdo, overtake, precedence, prevalence, influence, supremacy, leeway, utility, prestige, wealth, profit, improvement, avail, favor, asset, dominance, resources, boon, choice, protection
Examples from the Web for trump
Contemporary Examples of trump
In August, Trump filed a lawsuit to have his name removed from the casino and from the nearby, since-closed Trump Plaza.
Trump even gave Jackson a personal tour of the venue, with television cameras in tow.
I am watching the sunrise from the 39th floor of the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In 2010, Trump again said he was “being serious” about considering a run—this time as a Republican.Trump Is ‘Thinking About’ a Run at the White House Again
December 2, 2014
Friendship is the trump card in the movement for equality, not etiology.The Problematic Hunt for a ‘Gay Gene’
November 20, 2014
Historical Examples of trump
Yet he realized that if a trump card was to be played it must be then.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
"To hear what lies you could trump up," replied Kendal boldly.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
He behaved like a trump to me once when I was in trouble; and I don't forget it.The Bramleighs Of Bishop's Folly
Charles James Lever
The prior's a trump, and as for the bolero, he would dance it.Charles O'Malley, The Irish Dragoon, Volume 2 (of 2)
You are a trump, Lieutenant; sorry am I that I have no sister with which to return the compliment.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
- Also called: trump card
- any card from the suit chosen as trumps
- this suit itself; trumps
- Also called: trump card a decisive or advantageous move, resource, action, etc
- informal a fine or reliable person
- to play a trump card on (a suit, or a particular card of a suit, that is not trumps)
- (tr) to outdo or surpass
Word Origin for trump
- 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
- (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
"playing card of a suit ranking above others," 1520s, alteration of triumph, name of a card game.
"fabricate, devise," 1690s, from trump "deceive, cheat" (1510s), from Middle English trumpen (late 14c.), from Old French tromper "deceive," of uncertain origin, perhaps from a verb meaning "to blow a trumpet." Related: Trumped; trumping. Trumped up "false, concocted" first recorded 1728.
"trumpet," c.1300, from Old French trompe "long, tube-like musical wind instrument" (12c.), cognate with Provençal tromba, Italian tromba, all probably from a Germanic source (cf. Old High German trumpa and Old Norse trumba "trumpet"), of imitative origin.
"surpass, beat," 1580s, from trump (n.). Related: Trumped; trumping.
In addition to the idioms beginning with trump
- trump card
- trump up
- hold all the aces (trumps)
- turn up trumps