Definition of trump noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    trump

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    BrE BrE//trʌmp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trʌmp//
     
    Card games
     
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  1. 1(also trump card) [countable] (in some card games) a card that belongs to the suit (= one of the four sets in a pack / deck of cards) that has been chosen for a particular game to have a higher value than the other three suits I played a trump and won the trick. See related entries: Card games
  2. 2trumps [uncountable + singular or plural verb] (in some card games) the suit that has been chosen for a particular game to have a higher value than the other three suits What's trumps? Clubs are trumps.
  3. Wordfinderace, card, cut, deal, gambling, hand, jack, shuffle, suit, trump Word Origin early 16th cent.: alteration of triumph, once used in card games in the same sense.Idioms to do what is necessary to make a particular situation successful, especially when this is sudden or unexpected I didn't honestly think he'd pass the exam but he came up trumps on the day. Just when we thought there was no hope, my parents turned up trumps with a large loan.
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