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