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

  • n. A prize or memento, such as a cup or plaque, received as a symbol of victory, especially in sports.
  • n. A specimen or part, such as a lion's head, preserved as a token of a successful hunt.
  • n. A memento, as of one's personal achievements.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Architecture An ornamental marble carving or bronze casting depicting a group of weapons or armor placed upon a square or circular base.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. Anything taken from an enemy and preserved as a memorial of victory, as arms, flags, standards, etc.
  • n. Any evidence or memorial of victory or conquest.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In antiquity, a monument or memorial in commemoration of a victory.
  • n. Anything taken and preserved as a memorial of victory, as arms, flags, or standards captured from an enemy.
  • n. Something regarded as a memorial or evidence of victory; a prize.
  • n. A memorial; a memento.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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.

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")


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