Definitions for: Trump


[n] a playing card in the suit that has been declared trumps
[v] proclaim or announce with or as if with a fanfare
[v] play a trump, in card games
[v] get the better of
[v] produce a sound as if from a trumpet



Webster (1913) Definition: Trump, n. [OE. trumpe, trompe, F. trompe; probably fr.
L. triumphare to triumph, to exult, hence, probably, to make
a joyous sound or noise. See Triumph, v. i. & n., and cf.
Trombone, Tromp, Trump at cards, Trumpery, Trumpet,
Trunk a proboscis.]
A wind instrument of music; a trumpet, or sound of a trumpet;
-- used chiefly in Scripture and poetry.

We shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling
of an eye, at the last trump. --1 Cor. xv.
51, 52.

The wakeful trump of doom. --Milton.


Trump, v. i. [Cf. OF. tromper. See Trump a trumpet.]
To blow a trumpet. [Obs.] --Wyclif (Matt. vi. 2).


Trump, n. [A corruption of triumph, F. triomphe. See
Triumph, and cf. Trump a trumpet.]
1. A winning card; one of a particular suit (usually
determined by chance for each deal) any card of which
takes any card of the other suits.

2. An old game with cards, nearly the same as whist; --
called also ruff. --Decker.

3. A good fellow; an excellent person. [Slang]

Alfred is a trump, I think you say. --Thackeray.

To put to one's trumps, or To put on one's trumps, to
force to the last expedient, or to the utmost exertion.

But when kings come so low as to fawn upon
philosophy, which before they neither valued nor
understood, it is a sign that fails not, they are
then put to their last trump. --Milton.

Put the housekeeper to her trumps to accommodate
them. --W. Irving.


Trump, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Trumped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Trumping.]
To play a trump card when one of another suit has been led.


Trump, v. t.
To play a trump card upon; to take with a trump card; as, she
trumped the first trick.


Trump, v. t. [F. tromper to deceive, in OF., to blow a
trumpet, se tromper de to mock. See Trump a trumpet.]
1. To trick, or impose on; to deceive. [Obs.] ``To trick or
trump mankind.'' --B. Jonson.

2. To impose unfairly; to palm off.

Authors have been trumped upon us. --C. Leslie.

To trump up, to devise; to collect with unfairness; to
fabricate; as, to trump up a charge.

Synonyms: best, outdo, outflank, ruff, scoop, trump card, trump out

See Also: announce, beat, beat out, crossruff, crush, denote, go, go, move, outmaneuver, outmanoeuvre, outsmart, overtrump, playing card, shell, sound, trounce, vanquish

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