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Syllabification: tro·phy
Pronunciation: /ˈtrōfē

Definition of trophy in English:

noun (plural trophies)

1A cup or other decorative object awarded as a prize for a victory or success.
Example sentences
  • The age groups ranged from four to 20, with a trophy awarded for first prize and certificates for second and third.
  • The fun day was capped off by an awards presentation that provided trophies and prizes to the top three golfers in each of the three flights, along with prizes to the technical victors.
  • Prizes include trophies and cash awards of 50,000 baht for the winning team and 25,000 baht for the runner-up.
1.1A souvenir of an achievement, especially a part of an animal taken when hunting.
Example sentences
  • It's rooted in providing a hunting opportunity, getting trophies for walls and rugs for floors.
  • In one photo, Vasell poses alone holding up the head of his trophy with the hunting rifle leaned against the animal's body.
  • Instead of hunting game for trophies or their products, people are hunting each other.
souvenir, memento, keepsake;
spoils, booty
2(In ancient Greece or Rome) the weapons and other spoils of a defeated army set up as a memorial of victory.
Example sentences
  • The Temple of Zeus itself was funded from a military campaign, and its entablature was adorned with Spartan military trophies.
  • In a warrior's hall trophies of war such as shields may also have been hung on the wall.
  • For instance, armour and other trophies were often displayed above sepulchres.
2.1A representation of a memorial of victory; an ornamental group of symbolic objects arranged for display.
Example sentences
  • A pair of statues marks the far side of the bridge, but the bridge itself carries only a pair of low ornaments, probably trophies.
  • He described it as the largest bridge in Rome, groaning under trophies, statues, and memorials.


late 15th century (sense 2, denoting a display of weapons): from French trophée, via Latin from Greek tropaion, from tropē 'a rout', from trepein 'to turn'.

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