- 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 trumpsoutdo, overtake, precedence, prevalence, influence, supremacy, leeway, utility, prestige, wealth, profit, improvement, avail, favor, asset, dominance, resources, boon, choice, protection
Examples from the Web for trumps
Contemporary Examples of trumps
To be fair, though, Pratt does have one talent that trumps us all.Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt Is the Everydude Superhero
August 1, 2014
For Trumps, Hiltons, or Cuomos, passing power or money onto the next generation requires no more than time and effort.The Music Industry Is Dying? Great
December 26, 2013
In his Ayn Rand fantasy world, “freedom” trumps everything, including civilization, nation, patriotism, industry, and culture.Conservatives Should (and Must) Support Policies of Pro-Natalism
March 7, 2013
For much of our conversation, the one topic that trumps all others is this: Joey Lawrence really wants to be a movie star.Joey Lawrence on Getting Naked as a Las Vegas Chippendales Dancer
June 4, 2012
Or maybe not: many Americans are fed up with the adherence to ideology that trumps compromise in modern-day Washington.Robert Draper Talks New Book Inside the Tea Party House
April 24, 2012
Historical Examples of trumps
If she had the ace of trumps in her hand at whist, she wouldn't say anything, child.Little Dorrit
"I offer you no violence," said the Admiral, smiling, as only the man who holds the trumps can smile.Captain Blood
But de Quadra held the trumps, and was not easily intimidated.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
You mean—no matter—I suppose the luckiest hand is not all trumps!Lord Kilgobbin
And how long do you give your trumps to sound before your Millennium dawns?Dreamers of the Ghetto
- (sometimes singular) cards any one of the four suits, decided by cutting or bidding, that outranks all the other suits for the duration of a deal or game
- turn up trumps (of a person) to bring about a happy or successful conclusion (to an event, problem, etc), esp unexpectedly
- 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