trump
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /tɹʌmp/
  • (some accents) IPA: [t͡ʃɹʌmp]

Noun

trump (plural trumps)

  1. (cards) The suit, in a game of cards, that outranks all others.
    Diamonds were declared trump(s).
  2. (cards) A playing card of that suit.
    He played an even higher trump.
  3. (figuratively) Something that gives one an advantage, especially one held in reserve.
  4. (colloquial, now rare) An excellent person; a fine fellow, a good egg.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, chapter 13
      All hands voted Queequeg a noble trump; the captain begged his pardon.
    • 1869, Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, pg 19 and 163
      Brooke was a trump to telegraph right off.
    • Alfred is a trump, I think you say.
  5. An old card game, almost identical to whist; the game of ruff.
  6. A card of the major arcana of the tarot.
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: atout
  • German: Trumpf, Ass, Joker
  • Italian: asso nella manica
  • Portuguese: trunfo
  • Russian: ко́зырь
  • Spanish: as bajo la manga (colloquial), baza

Verb

trump (trumps, present participle trumping; past and past participle trumped)

  1. (transitive, cards) To play on (a card of another suit) with a trump.
    He knew the hand was lost when his ace was trumped.
  2. (intransitive, cards) To play a trump, or to take a trick with a trump.
  3. (transitive) To get the better of, or finesse, a competitor.
    • 1629, Ben Jonson, The New Inn, Act 1, Scene 3
      to trick or trump mankind
  4. (transitive, dated) To impose unfairly; to palm off.
    • Authors have been trumped upon us.
  5. (transitive) To supersede.
    In this election, it would seem issues of national security trumped economic issues.
  6. (transitive) To outweigh; be stronger, greater, bigger than or in other way superior to.
Synonyms
  • (to play a trump card on another suit) ruff
  • (to get the better of a competitor) outsmart
Translations Translations
  • German: trumpfen, einen Trumpf ausspielen
Translations Translations
Noun

trump (plural trumps)

  1. (archaic) A trumpet.
    • 1611, King James Bible, 1 Corinthians 15:52:
      In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible
    • 1798, Joseph Hopkinson, “Hail, Columbia”:
      Sound, sound the trump of fame,
  2. (slang, UK, childish, vulgar) Flatulence.
  3. The noise made by an elephant through its trunk.

Verb

trump (trumps, present participle trumping; past and past participle trumped)

  1. To blow a trumpet.
  2. (intransitive, slang, UK, childish, vulgar) To flatulate.
    And without warning me, as he lay there, he suddenly trumped next to me in bed.

Noun

trump (plural trumps)

  1. (dated, musical instrument) Synonym of Jew's harp#English|Jew's harp.

Trump
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /tɹʌmp/
Proper noun
  1. Surname
    1. (politics) Used specifically of Donald Trump (b. 1946), a businessman, television personality and president of the United States of America.
Translations
  • Russian: Трамп



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