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.


The word trump is often used in card games.

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