What is a trophy?

What is a trophy? Here are some definitions.

  1. (historical, Roman antiquity) Tropæum.
  2. An object, usually in the form of a statuette, cup, or shield, awarded for success in a competition or to mark a special achievement.
  3. An object taken as a prize by a hunter or conqueror, especially one that is displayed.
  4. Any emblem of success; a status symbol.
  5. (criminology, by extension) An object taken by a serial killer or rapist as a memento of the crime.
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The frame is studded with eight table-cut diamonds, and the back is enamelled with a black trophy of arms.
Twelve months on they have acquired a groaning trophy cabinet and a growing American fan base.
The silver gilt trophy had been hidden away wrapped in copies of the Yorkshire Post dating from 1928 in a bank vault in a secret location.
It's especially good if you're gatecrashing a victory party for a football team and get to do a lap of honour around the bar with the trophy.
The trophy couldn't have gone to a nicer guy, whose enthusiasm hasn't waned despite his advancing years.
There was a fitting moment when Ryan called the team Captain, Steven Price, to the presentation dais to receive the trophy with him.

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