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NOUN (3)

1. a playing card in the suit that has been declared trumps;
- Example: "the ace of trumps is a sure winner"
[syn: trump, trump card]

2. (card games) the suit that has been declared to rank above all other suits for the duration of the hand;
- Example: "clubs were declared trumps"
- Example: "a trump can take a trick even when a card of a different suit is led"

3. a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves;
[syn: cornet, horn, trumpet, trump]


VERB (4)

1. produce a sound as if from a trumpet;

2. get the better of;
- Example: "the goal was to best the competition"
[syn: outdo, outflank, trump, best, scoop]

3. play a trump;
[syn: trump, ruff]

4. proclaim or announce with or as if with a fanfare;
[syn: trump, trump out]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \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. [1913 Webster] We shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. --1 Cor. xv. 51, 52. [1913 Webster] The wakeful trump of doom. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \Trump\, v. t. To play a trump card upon; to take with a trump card; as, she trumped the first trick. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \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. [1913 Webster] 2. To impose unfairly; to palm off. [1913 Webster] Authors have been trumped upon us. --C. Leslie. [1913 Webster] To trump up, to devise; to collect with unfairness; to fabricate; as, to trump up a charge. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \Trump\, v. i. [Cf. OF. tromper. See Trump a trumpet.] To blow a trumpet. [Obs.] --Wyclif (Matt. vi. 2). [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Trump \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. [1913 Webster] 2. An old game with cards, nearly the same as whist; -- called also ruff. --Decker. [1913 Webster] 3. A good fellow; an excellent person. [Slang] [1913 Webster] Alfred is a trump, I think you say. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] To put to one's trumps, or To put on one's trumps, to force to the last expedient, or to the utmost exertion. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Put the housekeeper to her trumps to accommodate them. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

trump n 1: a playing card in the suit that has been declared trumps; "the ace of trumps is a sure winner" [syn: trump, trump card] 2: (card games) the suit that has been declared to rank above all other suits for the duration of the hand; "clubs were declared trumps"; "a trump can take a trick even when a card of a different suit is led" 3: a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves [syn: cornet, horn, trumpet, trump] v 1: produce a sound as if from a trumpet 2: get the better of; "the goal was to best the competition" [syn: outdo, outflank, trump, best, scoop] 3: play a trump [syn: trump, ruff] 4: proclaim or announce with or as if with a fanfare [syn: trump, trump out]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

110 Moby Thesaurus words for "trump": ace, action, ad hoc measure, answer, artifice, beat, best, best bower, better, bower, brick, cap, cards, clubs, contrivance, countermove, coup, course of action, crackerjack, deck, demarche, deuce, device, diamonds, dodge, doll, dummy, effort, exceed, excel, expedient, face cards, flush, full house, gimmick, go one better, good Joe, good egg, good guy, hand, hearts, improve on, improvisation, jack, joker, jury-rig, jury-rigged expedient, king, knave, last expedient, last resort, last shift, left bower, likely lad, makeshift, maneuver, means, measure, move, nice guy, no slouch, outdo, outstrip, outweigh, overbalance, overbear, overcome, overpass, overtop, pack, pair, pass, perfect, picture cards, pis aller, playing cards, predominate, preponderate, prevail, pussycat, queen, resort, resource, round, royal flush, rubber, ruff, shake-up, shift, singleton, solution, spades, step, stopgap, stout fellow, straight, stratagem, stroke, stroke of policy, surpass, tactic, temporary expedient, top, tower above, tower over, transcend, trey, trick, working hypothesis, working proposition