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trophy

A trophy is a prize given for winning a competition. Often made of metal (or plastic meant to look like metal), a trophy may not have much monetary value, but the pride it gives the person who receives it can be priceless.

Trophy comes from the Greek word tropē, meaning "a turning, defeat of the enemy." It later came to mean "a monument of victory," which it still celebrates today. Think of the overjoyed actor who holds his Oscar — a trophy — in the air during his acceptance speech, or a team of eight year old soccer players who, in their group photo, hold their trophies in one hand while raising the index finger of their other hand, meaning "We're number one!"

Definitions of trophy
  1. noun
    something given as a token of victory
    synonyms: prize
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    apple of discord
    (classical mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet of the gods by Eris (goddess of discord--who had not been invited); the apple had `for the fairest' written on it and Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it; when Paris (prince of Troy) awarded it to Aphrodite it began a chain of events that led to the Trojan War
    booby prize
    a prize given to one who finishes last in a contest
    bronze medal
    a trophy made of bronze (or having the appearance of bronze) that is usually awarded for winning third place in a competition
    cup, loving cup
    a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition
    gold medal
    a trophy made of gold (or having the appearance of gold) that is usually awarded for winning first place in a competition
    silver, silver medal
    a trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition
    Davis Cup
    cup awarded for the annual international team tennis competition
    wooden spoon
    a booby prize consisting of a spoon made of wood
    type of:
    accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
  2. noun
    an award for success in war or hunting
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    type of:
    accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
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