Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A prize or memento, such as a cup or plaque, received as a symbol of victory, especially in sports.
  • noun A specimen or part, such as a lion's head, preserved as a token of a successful hunt.
  • noun A memento, as of one's personal achievements.
  • noun The spoils of war, dedicated in classical antiquity with an inscription to a deity and set up as a temporary monument on or near a battlefield, placed in an existing temple, or housed in a permanent, new structure.
  • noun Architecture An ornamental marble carving or bronze casting depicting a group of weapons or armor placed upon a square or circular base.
  • adjective Impressive or ostentatious so as to display one's wealth or status.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In antiquity, a monument or memorial in commemoration of a victory.
  • noun Anything taken and preserved as a memorial of victory, as arms, flags, or standards captured from an enemy.
  • noun Something regarded as a memorial or evidence of victory; a prize.
  • noun A memorial; a memento.
  • noun An ornamental group of objects, such as weapons, memorials of the chase, or flags, arranged on a wall, or a symbolic or typical grouping of exhibits at an exposition or the like; also, in decoration, a representation of such a group. See trophy decoration, under decoration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Gr. & Rom. Antiq.) A sign or memorial of a victory raised on the field of battle, or, in case of a naval victory, on the nearest land. Sometimes trophies were erected in the chief city of the conquered people.
  • noun The representation of such a memorial, as on a medal; esp. (Arch.), an ornament representing a group of arms and military weapons, offensive and defensive.
  • noun Anything taken from an enemy and preserved as a memorial of victory, as arms, flags, standards, etc.
  • noun Any evidence or memorial of victory or conquest.
  • noun a duty paid formerly in England, annually, by housekeepers, toward providing harness, drums, colors, and the like, for the militia.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun tropæum
  • noun An object, usually in the form of a statuette, cup, or shield, awarded for success in a competition or to mark a special achievement.
  • noun An object taken as a prize by a hunter or conqueror, especially one that is displayed.
  • noun Any emblem of success; a status symbol.
  • noun criminology, by extension An object taken by a serial killer or rapist as a memento of the crime.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun something given as a token of victory
  • noun an award for success in war or hunting

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French trophée, from Old French trophee, from Latin trophaeum, monument to victory, variant of tropaeum, from Greek tropaion, from neuter of tropaios, of defeat, from tropē, a turning, rout; see trep- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French trophée, from Latin trophæum ("a sign of victory, a monument"), tropæum, from Ancient Greek  (tropaion, "monument of an enemy's defeat"), from neuter of  (tropaios, "of defeat"), from  (trope, "a rout, a turning of an enemy")

Examples

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  • Obviously, the term "trophy wife" meant something extremely different in the 1970s, when the film is set.

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  • Obviously, the term "trophy wife" meant something extremely different in the 1970s, when the film is set.

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  • With Arsenal lying three points behind leaders Chelsea (who could extend their lead at the top tonight if they beat Bolton at Stamford Bridge), the Gunners 'grasp on the title trophy is slipping away.

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  • He carried his daughter Eve onto the podium to collect his title trophy from British Olympic and world champion track cyclist Victoria Pendleton.

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