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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of trump

First recorded in 1520–30; unexplained variant of triumph


trump·less, adjective

Definition for trumps (2 of 2)

[ truhmp ]
/ trʌmp /


a trumpet.
its sound.

verb (used without object)

to blow a trumpet.

Origin of trump

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 trumps (1 of 3)

/ (trʌmps) /

pl n

(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

British Dictionary definitions for trumps (2 of 3)

/ (trʌmp) /


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


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 trumps (3 of 3)

/ (trʌmp) archaic, or literary /


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

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


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