Definition of trophy in US English:


nounPlural trophies

  • 1A cup or other decorative object awarded as a prize for a victory or success.

    • ‘She was awarded a trophy for the best technical performance and took the lightweight title.’
    • ‘A local industrialist gave away the trophy and the prizes to the winners at the concluding day yesterday.’
    • ‘Individual gold, high silver, silver, and bronze medals were awarded with large trophies for group grand winners.’
    • ‘Three winners from this competition will be awarded trophies and prizes at the prestigious National Animal Awards in New Delhi in February next year.’
    • ‘Prizes, trophies and cash awards totalled more than one million baht.’
    • ‘Challenge trophies and prize monies are to be awarded to the winners, runners-up and other outstanding performers.’
    • ‘Competitions have become the highway to theatrical performances, with admission charged and cash prizes and trophies and titles awarded.’
    • ‘Denise was awarded with a trophy and rosette for her efforts.’
    • ‘The age groups ranged from four to 20, with a trophy awarded for first prize and certificates for second and third.’
    • ‘All three groups of workers were given champagne and trophies to celebrate their success.’
    • ‘As an added benefit, award winners are not only eligible for prizes and trophies, they can also benefit by being recognized in the media, who are often present at select events.’
    • ‘The winners will receive a special trophy, with rosettes awarded to the runners-up.’
    • ‘That trophy is awarded every year to the winner of the football competition among the Army, Navy and Air Force.’
    • ‘Numerous trophies and prize money will be awarded for the various categories.’
    • ‘As well as rosettes, some special trophies will be awarded and will include, best junior rider and best rider.’
    • ‘Derby's victory perhaps made the award of the Premiership trophy to United more muted than it might otherwise have been.’
    • ‘There are trophies, medals and prizes to be won.’
    • ‘An awards ceremony closed the event, where several trophies and prizes were presented to outstanding individual and team winners.’
    • ‘Prizes include trophies and cash awards of 50,000 baht for the winning team and 25,000 baht for the runner-up.’
    • ‘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.’
    cup, medal
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    1. 1.1 A souvenir of an achievement, especially a part of an animal taken when hunting.
      • ‘The only benefit of actually killing an animal is showing it off to your hunting buddies in your trophy room.’
      • ‘And so these young couples work extra long hours, rewarding themselves with such trophies as cars, gadgets and designer shoes.’
      • ‘It's rooted in providing a hunting opportunity, getting trophies for walls and rugs for floors.’
      • ‘The cost will be long-forgotten, but the hunting memories and trophies will remain.’
      • ‘Trophy hunters typically prefer to bag " prizes " with their own weapons.’
      • ‘Why should a picture always hang on the wall like a hunting trophy?’
      • ‘In one photo, Vasell poses alone holding up the head of his trophy with the hunting rifle leaned against the animal's body.’
      • ‘She landed with a clunk of her chin on the wooden floorboards looking for all the world like a hunting trophy rug.’
      • ‘My grades have not been the shining trophies of achievement they once were, and my grandmother has not been pleased.’
      • ‘No, displaying hunting trophies is not particularly civilised, and parading heads on spikes won't encourage much objectivity.’
      • ‘As wild meats and poultry trophies from the hunting season fill our table, game fish are often overlooked.’
      • ‘Hunting bears for trophies or rugs will not provide money to farmers and will not provide the relief that citizens are demanding.’
      • ‘One is covered with fur, adorned with antlers, and mounted like a hunting trophy.’
      • ‘Trophy hunters are prepared to pay large sums of money for one.’
      • ‘Instead of hunting game for trophies or their products, people are hunting each other.’
      souvenir, memento, keepsake, reminder, record, relic
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  • 2(in ancient Greece or Rome) the weapons and other spoils of a defeated army set up as a memorial of victory.

    • ‘For instance, armour and other trophies were often displayed above sepulchres.’
    • ‘In a warrior's hall trophies of war such as shields may also have been hung on the wall.’
    • ‘The Temple of Zeus itself was funded from a military campaign, and its entablature was adorned with Spartan military trophies.’
    1. 2.1 A representation of a memorial of victory; an ornamental group of symbolic objects arranged for display.
      • ‘He described it as the largest bridge in Rome, groaning under trophies, statues, and memorials.’
      • ‘A pair of statues marks the far side of the bridge, but the bridge itself carries only a pair of low ornaments, probably trophies.’


Late 15th century (in trophy (sense 2)): from French trophée, via Latin from Greek tropaion, from tropē ‘a rout’, from trepein ‘to turn’.