Trump (card games)

A trump is a playing card which is elevated above its usual rank in trick-taking games. Typically, an entire suit is nominated as a trump suit; these cards then outrank all cards of plain (non-trump) suits. In other contexts, the term trump card can refer to any sort of action, authority, or policy which automatically prevails over all others.

Contract bridge can be played with any suit as trump, but also includes an option to play without a trump suit. In a version known as Rex Bridge, there are two versions of no-trump, the common one (NT) and Rex. The difference is, if playing Rex (Latin for King), the aces becomes the lowest card in each suit, and all other cards moves one step up.


The English word trump derives from trionfi, a type of 15th-century Italian playing cards, from the Latin triumphus "triumph, victory procession", ultimately (via Etruscan) from Greek θρίαμβος, the term for a hymn to Dionysus sung in processions in his honour.

Trionfi was the 15th-century card game for which tarot cards were designed. Trionfi were a fifth suit in the card game which acted as permanent trumps. Still in the 15th century, the French game triomphe (Spanish triunfo) used four suits one of which was randomly selected as trumps. It was this game that became extremely popular in Western Europe in the 16th century and is ancestral to many modern card games.

The English word is first documented in 1529 as the name of a card game which would develop into Ruff and Honours and ultimately Whist.[1] In German, the term is attested as Triumph in 1541; the modern German spelling Trumpf is recorded from 1590.[2] In French, triomphe remained the name of the game, while the trump suit was called atout, from à tout (as it were "all-in").[3] Some European languages (Hungarian, Greek) adopted the French term. Russian козырь kozyr' is of unknown etymology, possibly a loan from a Turkic source.[4] Polish variously uses atut, trumf and kozer adopted from the French, German and Russian respectively.

Other Languages
беларуская: Козыр
čeština: Trumf
dansk: Trumf
Ελληνικά: Ατού
español: Palo de triunfo
Esperanto: Atuto
français: Atout
galego: Trunfo
Ido: Trumpo
Ирон: Къозыр
Nederlands: Troef
日本語: 切り札
norsk: Trumf
polski: Atut
русский: Козырь
Seeltersk: Truuf
slovenčina: Tromf
slovenščina: Adut
suomi: Valtti
svenska: Trumf