trump (v.1) Look up trump at Dictionary.com
“surpass, beat,” 1580s, from trump (n.). Related: Trumped; trumping.
trump (n.1) Look up trump at Dictionary.com
“playing card of a suit ranking above others,” 1520s, alteration of triumph (n.), which also was the name of a card game.
trump (v.2) Look up trump at Dictionary.com
“fabricate, devise,” 1690s, from trump “deceive, cheat” (1510s), from Middle English trumpen (late 14c.), from Old French tromper “to deceive,” of uncertain origin. Apparently from se tromper de “to mock,” from Old French tromper “to blow a trumpet.” Brachet explains this as “to play the horn, alluding to quacks and mountebanks, who attracted the public by blowing a horn, and then cheated them into buying ….” The Hindley Old French dictionary has baillier la trompe”blow the trumpet” as “act the fool,” and Donkin connects it rather to trombe”waterspout,” on the notion of turning (someone) around. Connection withtriumph also has been proposed. Related: Trumped; trumping. Trumped up”false, concocted” first recorded 1728.
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“trumpet,” c. 1300, from Old French trompe “long, tube-like musical wind instrument” (12c.), cognate with Provençal tromba, Italian tromba, all probably from a Germanic source (compare Old High German trumpa, Old Norse trumba”trumpet”), of imitative origin.