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1 a playing card in the suit that has been declared trumps [syn: trump card]
2 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]


1 produce a sound as if from a trumpet
2 get the better of; "the goal was to best the competition" [syn: outdo, outflank, best, scoop]
3 play a trump [syn: ruff]
4 proclaim or announce with or as if with a fanfare [syn: trump out]

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Etymology 1

possibly from triumph


  1. The suit, in a game of cards, that outranks all others.
  2. The suit, in a game of cards, that outranks all others.
    Diamonds were declared trumps.
  3. A playing card of that suit.
    He played an even higher trump.
  4. Something that gives one an advantage, especially one held in reserve.
suit that outranks all others
  • Albanian: atu
  • Dutch: troef
  • Czech: trumpf
  • German: Trumpf
  • Português: trunfo ((m))
playing card of that suit
something that gives one an advantage


  1. To play a trump, or to take a trick with a trump; to ruff.
  2. To get the better of, or finesse, a competitor.
  3. To supersede
    In this election, it would seem issues of national security trumped economic issues.
To play a trump, or to take a trick with a trump; to ruff
To get the better of, or finesse, a competitor

Etymology 2




Extensive Definition

Trump may refer to:
  • Trump (card game), cards of special rank in certain card games
  • Trump (magazine), a glossy magazine of satire and erotic humor, mostly in the forms of comic-strip features and short stories
  • Slang: in the some regions of the UK, trump means to break wind. Also used in the UK exclamation of joy "Do trumps on your mobile!"
  • An earlier name for the jaw harp
  • A trumpet or the blow of a trumpet, especially the Last Trump wakening the dead at the day of judgment
A number of entries related to Donald Trump, an American business executive and the owner of a number of establishments bearing his name
trump in German: Trump
trump in Korean: 트럼프

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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