trophy

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n trophy something given as a token of victory
    • n trophy an award for success in war or hunting
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Jewelers Tiffany & Co., based in New York, are responsible for making the Super Bowl trophy
    • Trophy (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.
    • Trophy Any evidence or memorial of victory or conquest; as, every redeemed soul is a trophy of grace.
    • Trophy Anything taken from an enemy and preserved as a memorial of victory, as arms, flags, standards, etc. "Around the posts hung helmets, darts, and spears,
      And captive chariots, axes, shields, and bars,
      And broken beaks of ships, the trophies of their wars."
    • Trophy 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The ear which the matador slices off the bull is his trophy.
    • n trophy In antiquity, a monument or memorial in commemoration of a victory. It consisted of some of the arms and other spoils of the vanquished enemy hung upon the trunk of a tree or a pillar or upright by the victor, either on the field of battle or in his home city. If for a naval victory, the trophy was set up on the nearest land. The custom of erecting trophies was most general among the Greeks, but it passed at length to the Romans. It was the practice also to have representations of trophies carved in stone, bronze, etc. In modern times trophies have been dedicated (see def. 2), in churches and other public buildings, to commemorate victories. See cut under Nike.
    • n trophy Anything taken and preserved as a memorial of victory, as arms, flags, or standards captured from an enemy.
    • n trophy Something regarded as a memorial or evidence of victory; a prize.
    • n trophy A memorial; a memento.
    • n trophy 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Stanley Cup came from the Governor General of Canada from 1888 to 1893, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley. Stanley was a fan of hockey and presented a trophy to be contested by the best amateur hockey team in Canada. The amateur HNA would later become to NHL in 1917.
    • n Trophy trō′fi a memorial of a victory, consisting of a pile of arms erected on the field of battle: anything taken from an enemy and preserved as a memorial of victory: something that is evidence of victory: an ornamental group of weapons, flags, memorials of the chase, &c
    • v.t Trophy to adorn with trophies
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Quotations

  • Joseph Heller
    Joseph Heller
    “Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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    “Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. trophée,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 turn. See Trope

Usage

In literature:

But, after all, Max carried the trophy of Steve's shots close to the camp.
"With Trapper Jim in the North Woods" by Lawrence J. Leslie
The shrines and trophies were often put up by ordinary men.
"Alarms and Discursions" by G. K. Chesterton
Nearly a third of the Southern army had been lost and thirty cannon were the trophies of Grant.
"The Rock of Chickamauga" by Joseph A. Altsheler
What a train of happy beings will then be witnesses of his glory, trophies of his power, and inhabitants of his kingdom!
"Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II" by Francis Augustus Cox
He saw the trophies which flattery strewed in my way; and he lamented that I was on every side surrounded with temptations.
"Beaux and Belles of England" by Mary Robinson
Trophies taken from all sides decked its interior.
"Vivian Grey" by Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
He has fled, while for Greenhorn no trophy remains.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862" by Various
I handed to her the last of the trophies of my first visit.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, Number 60, October 1862" by Various
But he brought with him a ghastly trophy of what he had done.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2" by Various
Then returning to his galley, he laid the bloody trophy before Don John.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 1, Issue 2, December, 1857" by Various
The President is seen wearing the fur coat made from trophies of the hunt, presented by Southern friends.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
Look where the second Caesar's trophies rose!
"The Life of Lord Byron" by John Galt
Not a single trophy consoled Europe for the additional loss of two hundred thousand men.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume V" by John Lord
Did you keep the tail as a trophy?
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
In a fashion they were trophies of triumph.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Its rattles had been removed, presumably as a trophy.
"The Story of a Common Soldier of Army Life in the Civil War, 1861-1865" by Leander Stillwell
The four walls of the room showed a few books, but were mostly covered with arms and trophies of the chase.
"The Pools of Silence" by H. de Vere Stacpoole
I endeavour to identify some of those ghastly trophies.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
It was the finest trophy in the village, and many came to admire it.
"The Great Sioux Trail" by Joseph Altsheler
A very interesting revolver match for a trophy offered by Mr. Walter Winans took place in 1892.
"Pistol and Revolver Shooting" by A. L. A. Himmelwright
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In poetry:

And from his smoking corse she tore
His head, half clove in two.
She ceased, and from beneath her garb
The bloody trophy drew.
"Gondoline" by Henry Kirke White
The antient pile by time is raz'd,
Where gothic trophies frown'd,
Where once the gilded armour blaz'd,
And banners wav'd around.
"Edwin and Eltruda, a Legendary Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
From thy book, those worthy pages,
All our anxious hearts entreat;
All true trophies of the ages,
Are enshrined at thy dear feet.
"Voice From The South" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Sing, my tongue, the Saviour's glory,
Of His cross the mystery sing;
Lift on high the wondrous trophy,
Tell the triumph of the King:
He, the world's Redeemer, conquers
Death, through death now vanquishing.
"Sing, My Tongue, the Saviour's Glory" by Thomas Aquinas
Until Ferdiah sought the Ford,
I played but with the spear and sword:
Alike our habits and our ways,
Alike our prowess and our praise,
Alike the trophies of the brave,
The glittering shields that Scatha gave.
"Ferdiah; Or, The Fight At The Ford" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
So we fight like fiends, and of us they say
That we neither yield nor spare.
Oh, we have the bitterest debt to pay. . . .
Have we paid it? — Look — how we wear to-day
Like a trophy, gallant and proud and gay,
Our blood-red Fourragere.
"The Blood-Red Fourragere" by Robert W Service

In news:

It became the premier college football program in the country, a Heisman Trophy and NFL pipeline where you were liable to run into Snoop Dogg or Will Ferrell on the sidelines USC was where the cool kids went.
Jeff and Ryne Fager happened upon these two trophy bucks with their antlers locked together from a battle that claimed their lives.
He admits severing fingers from slain Afghans as "trophies".
Taking trophies from the battlefield is as old as war itself, says Jack Shafer in Reuters.
Open champion Kim Clijsters from Belgium poses with her trophy in New York's Times Square after her victory against Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark.
Photo of lion trophy sparks debate over legal hunting.
The thought of missing potential Hart Trophy candidate Jonathan Toews for even a single game can't sit well with Chicago Blackhawks fans or his team.
Bay Aerials Gymnastic Take First Place Trophy.
Dortmund 's players lift the Bundesliga trophy after beating Freiburg 4-0 at home on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund was the first German club to win a European trophy, defeating Liverpool 2-1 in 1966 in the Cup Winners, Cup.
Borussia Dortmund was the first German club to win a European trophy, defeating Liverpool 2-1 in 1966 in the Cup Winners Cup.
The Hollywood stars will be presenting trophies or making special appearances at the pro hockey league's post-season awards show, to air on NBC Sports Network on June 20.
The hunters were guided by Trophy Mountain Outfitters.
Nick Myatt, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Poachers often like to shoot deer as trophies, wildlife officials say.
OHS music department nets IHSA third place trophy.
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In science:

These arguments do not resist closer examination and the trophy for a hybrid meson is still open.
Non quark-antiquark light meson spectroscopy
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