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trophy

tro·phy

trophy

 
 
pronunciation:
tro fi
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part of speech: noun
inflections: trophies
definition 1: something serving as a token or memento of victory, excellence, or the like; award.
a trophy for the best student
 
synonyms:
award, prize
similar words:
blue ribbon, citation, cup, honor, laurels, medal, palm, plaque
definition 2: something taken as a prize or spoil of a competition, hunt, military campaign, or the like.
He had a deer's head mounted as a hunting trophy.
synonyms:
prize
similar words:
booty, memento, plunder, relic, reward, souvenir, spoils, take
Word History
Why is a trophy a sign of victory? The word "trophy" comes from an ancient Greek word, trope, which means "to turn." From this word, came another Greek word, tropaion, the name for any monument built where an enemy had been turned back in battle.
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