tri·​umph | \ˈtrī-əm(p)f \
plural triumphs\ ˈtrī-​əm(p)fs , -​əm(p)s \

Definition of triumph 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a victory or conquest by or as if by military force

b : a notable success the party was a triumph

2 : the joy or exultation of victory or success

3 : a ceremony attending the entering of Rome by a general who had won a decisive victory over a foreign enemy — compare ovation sense 1


triumphed; triumphing; triumphs

Definition of triumph (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to obtain victory : prevail

2a : to receive the honor of a triumph

b : to celebrate victory or success boastfully or exultingly

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triumphal \ trī-​ˈəm(p)-​fəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for triumph

Synonyms: Noun

accomplishment, achievement, acquirement, attainment, baby, coup, success

Synonyms: Verb

conquer, prevail, win

Antonyms: Noun


Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of triumph in a Sentence


They earned a magnificent triumph over the invading army. They were able to achieve an important triumph against their chief rivals. Quitting smoking was a personal triumph for her. The party was a triumph. The bridge is an engineering triumph. They had a feeling of triumph after finishing the project. They stood atop the mountain in triumph.


His favorite team triumphed in the championship game. despite an accident early on, the runner persevered and ultimately triumphed
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

To the president, the summit was a triumph of American strength. NBC News, "Meet the Press - June 17, 2018," 17 June 2018 If Charles had been on the pitch then perhaps Pelé’s great career may not have started with a World Cup triumph at all, but with a humiliating defeat to the rank outsiders from Wales., "World Cup Countdown: 2 Days to Go - What if the John Charles Was Fully Fit for the 1958 World Cup?," 12 June 2018 Parkland moved on with a 6-3 triumph over North Penn. *** Bristol scored three times in top of seventh to defeat Wyalusing, 5-4, in the Class 2A quarterfinals. Mike Owens,, "Thursday's Pa. roundup: Marple Newtown baseball advances to state semifinals," 7 June 2018 La Cañada went out a winner with a 31-0 triumph over Kennedy following losses to Granada Hills, Eagle Rock, Bell and Golden Valley. Grant Gordon,, "Crescenta Valley, Glendale, La Cañada football teams see progress at Gordy Warnock Tournament," 19 May 2018 Thanks to what appeared to be a steal of home by Hunter Jessee, the Knights celebrated at the roundtable with a 12-11 triumph over the Comets April 28. Scott Springer,, "Kings baseball steals home to gain postseason momentum, a win over tough Mason team," 1 May 2018 The new scheme, while effective overall, was dominant in the first half, which went a long way to ensuring the Gladiators came out with a 15-10 triumph on Friday night. Kyle Stackpole, Howard County Times, "Glenelg girls lacrosse hands Marriotts Ridge first loss," 14 Apr. 2018 The personal outweighs the structural, and the small stuff triumphs over the big. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Brett Kavanaugh, Jim Jordan, and the Fog of the Partisan," 13 July 2018 After recording 34 saves and posting a 2.30 ERA in 2017, Giles lost his closer job during the Astros' World Series triumph and has been inconsistent this season. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, "Houston Astros send Ken Giles to minors after fiery ninth-inning exit," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kurgat, who led from the sixth lap on, triumphed by .05 of a second in 15:41.21. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska runners Ostrander, Kurgat produce drama, history at talent-packed track meet," 4 May 2018 Mike Trout has triumphed over most of baseball during the stellar start to his career. Jeff Miller,, "Mike Trout has homered in every AL ballpark except this one," 26 June 2018 Only Barcelona have triumphed over the Yellow Submarine since the middle of April, and the host's form has allowed them to easily secure themselves a spot in the Europa League for next season., "Villarreal vs Real Madrid Preview: Previous Encounter, Key Battle, Team News & More," 18 May 2018 City hasn't triumphed at Anfield since Nicolas Anelka grabbed an injury-time winner against his former club in 2003, making Liverpool its hardest away trip in the Premier League. USA TODAY, "Without Coutinho, Klopp's Liverpool looks to bring down City," 11 Jan. 2018 As well as his success at domestic level, Buffon is also a World Cup winner, having triumphed with Italy during the 2006 tournament held in Germany., "PSG Signs Goalkeeping Legend Gianluigi Buffon to One-Year Deal," 6 July 2018 A few months after triumphing in the 2017 Comrades Marathon, Herron won the Tunnel Hill 100 in Vienna, Illinois. Martin Fritz Huber, Outside Online, "The Ultrarunning Hall of Fame," 29 June 2018 Des McAnuff’s Tony Award-winning production about the Four Seasons is the rare jukebox musical that not only worked but triumphed. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area arts and entertainment picks, June 5," 4 June 2018 Saturday’s results were the culmination of this long process of social change — of the new Ireland triumphing over the old. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Ireland votes to repeal abortion ban in historic referendum," 26 May 2018

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First Known Use of triumph


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for triumph


Middle English triumphe, from Old French, from Latin triumphus

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English Language Learners Definition of triumph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a great or important victory

: a great success or achievement

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



English Language Learners Definition of triumph (Entry 2 of 2)

: to achieve victory especially in a long or difficult contest


tri·​umph | \ˈtrī-əmf \

Kids Definition of triumph

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the joy of victory or success

2 : an outstanding victory


triumphed; triumphing

Kids Definition of triumph (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to celebrate victory or success in high spirits

2 : to gain victory : win

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