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Dictionary Definition



1 an award for success in war or hunting
2 something given as a token of victory [syn: prize]

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  1. An object, usually in the form of a statuette, cup, or shield, awarded for success in a competition or to mark a special achievement.
    He won the trophy in a running competition.
  2. An object taken as a prize by a hunter or conqueror, especially one that is displayed.
    The set of antlers which hung on the wall was his prized trophy.
  3. criminology by extension An object taken by a serial killer or rapist as a memento of the crime.
    The souvenirs which many killers retain of their victims are often described as trophies, and Norman Bates's taxidermic interests derived from the real-life Ed Gein.
    A trophy from this murder would have been of great importance.
    The offender is also likely to mentally relive his killings, often with the help of souvenirs or trophies, such as a bracelet or a body part taken from the victim.

Derived terms


object rewarding success

Extensive Definition

A trophy is a reward for a specific achievement, and usually afterwards serves as proof of merit. They are most often awarded with sporting events. These range from youth sports through professional level athletics. Often, the reward of the trophy is not simply in winning it; rather, those who win it cherish the legacy that also comes with the trophy.
Medals are often given out either instead of or along with trophies, such as gold medals, silver medals, and bronze medals for in sport.


French trophée, from Old French trophee, from Latin trophaeum, monument to victory, variant of tropaeum, from Greek tropaion, from neuter of tropaios, of defeat, from tropē, a turning, rout.

Trophy types

Trophies can take the shape of two-handled cups, bowls, or mugs (all usually engraved); statues of people, animals, and architecture while displaying words, numbers or images. Cheaper trophies are based on a platform of sturdy cardboard resembling wood.
The Academy Awards Oscar is a trophy with a stylized human; the Hugo Award for science fiction is a space ship; and the Wimbledon awards for its singles champions are a large loving cup for men and a large silver plate for women.
A loving-cup trophy is a common variety of trophy; it is a cup shape, usually on a pedestal, with two or more handles, and is often made from silver or silver plate.
Hunting trophies are reminders of successes from hunting animals, such as an animal's head mounted to be hung on a wall.


Some sporting trophies include:
Trophies are also called micktal in Greece because it came from one of their gods


The United States military also issues a type of trophy which are known as "non-portable decorations". This indicates that the trophy carries the status of a military award, but is not meant to be worn on a uniform but rather is presented for static display. Such military trophies include athletic excellence awards, unit excellence awards, and superior service awards presented annually to the top service member of a command.


In hunting, although competition trophies like those mentioned above can be awarded, the word trophy more typically refers to an item made from the body of a killed animal and kept as a keepsake.

In Fiction

Trophies are part of the Super Smash Bros. Series since they were first introduced in 2001's Super Smash Bros. Melee. There are collectable trophies of each playable character and other characters/items from the Nintendo universe. The trophy system returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl (which also includes stickers). They work the same way as in SSBM, but they also play a part in the Subspace Emissary, which involves each major character turning into a trophy at least once during the game, usually representing death. A trophified character can be revived by having a living person touch his or her trophy stand.


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trophy in Czech: Trofej
trophy in Danish: Trofæ
trophy in German: Trophäe
trophy in Spanish: Trofeo
trophy in French: Trophée
trophy in Italian: Trofeo
trophy in Hebrew: גביע (ספורט)
trophy in Japanese: トロフィー
trophy in Portuguese: Troféu
trophy in Simple English: Trophy
trophy in Finnish: Trofee
trophy in Swedish: Pokal
trophy in Chinese: 戰利品

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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