Where Did the Word Trump Used in Card Games Come From and What Does the Term Mean?

A trump card or suit has been designated a higher rank than usual for the purposes of the game being played and will triumph over others of normally equal value.

Trump is a distortion of the word triumph.

If you add up the number of letters in the names of the cards, the total is fifty-two, the same as the number of cards in the deck.

where did the word trump used in card games come from and what does the term mean scaled


The word trump is often used in card games.

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