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Origin of trump

1
First recorded in 1520–30; unexplained variant of triumph

OTHER WORDS FROM trump

trumpless, adjective

Other definitions for trump (2 of 3)

trump2
[ truhmp ]
/ trʌmp /
Literary.

noun
the sound of a trumpet.
verb (used without object)
to blow a trumpet.

Origin of trump

2
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English noun tromp(e), troump, from Old French tromp(e), tronpe; probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German trumpa, Old Norse trumba “trumpet”

Other definitions for trump (3 of 3)

Trump
[ truhmp ]
/ trʌmp /

noun
Donald J(ohn), born 1946, 45th president of the United States 2017–21.
Me·la·ni·a [muh-lah-nee-uh] /məˈlɑ ni ə/ Melanija Knavs, born 1970, U.S. First Lady 2017–21 (wife of Donald J. Trump).
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How to use trump in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for trump (1 of 2)

trump1
/ (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 forms of trump

trumpless, adjective

Word Origin for trump

C16: variant of triumph

British Dictionary definitions for trump (2 of 2)

trump2
/ (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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Other Idioms and Phrases with trump

trump

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