noun \ˈtrī-əm(p)f\

: a great or important victory

: a great success or achievement

: the very happy and joyful feeling that comes from victory or success

plural tri·umphs \-əm(p)fs, -əm(p)s\

Full Definition of TRIUMPH

:  a ceremony attending the entering of Rome by a general who had won a decisive victory over a foreign enemy — compare ovation 1
:  the joy or exultation of victory or success
a :  a victory or conquest by or as if by military force
b :  a notable success <the party was a triumph>
tri·um·phal \trī-ˈəm(p)-fəl\ adjective

Examples of TRIUMPH

  1. They earned a magnificent triumph over the invading army.
  2. They celebrated their triumph with a parade through the steets of the city.
  3. They were able to achieve an important triumph against their chief rivals.
  4. Quitting smoking was a personal triumph for her.
  5. The party was a triumph.
  6. The bridge is an engineering triumph.
  7. They had a feeling of triumph after finishing the project.
  8. They stood atop the mountain in triumph.

Origin of TRIUMPH

Middle English triumphe, from Old French, from Latin triumphus
First Known Use: 14th century


intransitive verb

: to achieve victory especially in a long or difficult contest

Full Definition of TRIUMPH

:  to obtain victory :  prevail
a :  to receive the honor of a triumph
b :  to celebrate victory or success boastfully or exultingly

Examples of TRIUMPH

  1. His favorite team triumphed in the championship game.
  2. <despite an accident early on, the runner persevered and ultimately triumphed>

First Known Use of TRIUMPH



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ancient Roman ritual procession honouring a general who had won a major battle and killed at least 5,000 of the enemy. Senators and magistrates were followed by sacrificial animals, captured loot, and captives in chains. The general, in a purple-and-gold tunic, rode in a chariot, holding a laurel branch in his right hand and an ivory sceptre in his left, while a slave held a golden crown over his head. Lastly came the soldiers, who sang songs. Under the empire only the emperor and members of his family celebrated triumphs.


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