trophy
noun (plural trophies) Etymology: Middle French trophee, from Medieval Latin tropheum, from Latin tropaeum, trophaeum, from Greek tropaion, from neuter of tropaios of a turning, of a rout, from tropē turn, rout, from trepein to turn Date: 15th century 1. something gained or given in victory or conquest especially when preserved or mounted as a memorial 2. a. a memorial of an ancient Greek or Roman victory raised on the field of battle or on the nearest land for a naval victory b. a representation of such a memorial (as on a medal); also an architectural ornament representing a group of military weapons 3. a game animal or fish suitable for mounting as a trophy — usually used attributively 4. one that is prized for qualities that enhance prestige or social status — usually used attributively <
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trophy transitive verb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Trophy — Tro phy, n.; pl. {Trophies}. [F. troph[ e]e (cf. It. & Sp. trofeo), L. tropaeum, trophaeum, Gr. ?, strictly, a monument of the enemy s defeat, fr.? a turn, especially, a turning about of the enemy, a putting to flight or routing him, fr. ? to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trophy — [trō′fē] n. pl. trophies [MFr trophée < L trophaeum, altered < tropaeum, sign of victory < Gr tropaion, a token of an enemy s defeat < tropaios, of a rout, turning < tropē, a turning, defeat < trepein: see TROPE] 1. a) in… …   English World dictionary

  • Trophy — Album par Made Out of Babies Sortie 2005 Enregistrement Atomic Recordind Co., Brooklyn, NY Leopard Studios, New Paltz, NY Durée 38: 07 Genre Noise Rock Producteur …   Wikipédia en Français

  • trophy — 1510s, a spoil or prize of war, from M.Fr. trophée (15c.) from L. trophaeum a sign of victory, monument, originally tropaeum, from Gk. tropaion monument of an enemy s defeat, from neut. of adj. tropaios of defeat, from trope a rout, originally a… …   Etymology dictionary

  • trophy — index prize Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • -trophy — element meaning food, nourishment, from Gk. trophe food, nourishment, related to trephein make thrive, nourish, rear; to make solid, congeal, thicken …   Etymology dictionary

  • trophy — [n] physical award blue ribbon*, booty, citation, crown, cup, decoration, gold*, gold star*, guerdon, keepsake, laurels, medal, memento, memorial, palm, prize, reminder, ribbon, souvenir, spoils*, token; concept 337 …   New thesaurus

  • trophy — ► NOUN (pl. trophies) 1) a cup or other decorative object awarded as a prize for a victory or success. 2) a souvenir of an achievement, especially a head of an animal taken when hunting. ORIGIN French trophée, from Greek trop a rout …   English terms dictionary

  • -trophy — [trə fē] [Gr trophia < trephein, to nourish: see TROPHIC] combining form forming nouns nutrition, nourishment, growth [hypertrophy] …   English World dictionary

  • Trophy — A trophy is a reward for a specific achievement, and usually afterwards serves as proof of merit. They are most often awarded with sporting events. These range from youth sports through professional level athletics. Often, the reward of the… …   Wikipedia

  • trophy — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ coveted, prestigious ▪ major (esp. BrE) ▪ winning (esp. BrE) ▪ sporting (esp. BrE), sports (esp. AmE) …   Collocations dictionary

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