We have a perpetual trophy that has been awarded for almost four decades. The Award is being retired, and presented to a worthy recipient one last time. How do I refer to this instance of the awarding? For example, I could say the final award or ultimate reward or the concluding iteration of the award, but I would love to know if there is a correct or more evocative word that could be used.

  • Do you mean a recurring trophy? Are not trophies always awarded in perpetuity each time they are given?
    – tchrist
    Commented Feb 23 at 2:29
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    @tchrist In my experience a perpetual trophy is one that is not kept by the awardee in perpetuity, but is passed on to the next awardee. See for example designawards.net.au/perpetual-trophies-awards
    – Peter
    Commented Feb 23 at 7:58
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    I don't think there's anything specific, anything that indicates finality should work. "Final" seems fine to me.
    – Barmar
    Commented Feb 23 at 18:33
  • I think finale is your word. Commented Feb 24 at 4:29
  • I think you'd normally just say something like X team were given the trophy to keep or in perpetuity or for good, depending on how highfalutin you were being. Although you might still want to add that the trophy would not be awarded any more (some trophies are given to keep if a team does something like win them three times, but a new one is subsequently awarded; this used to happen with the Football World Cup but no idea if it still does). But yeah, I don't think there's a single word or short phrase.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Feb 25 at 13:49


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