triumph

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noun

tri·​umph ˈtrī-əm(p)f How to pronounce triumph (audio)
plural triumphs ˈtrī-əm(p)fs How to pronounce triumph (audio)
-əm(p)s
1
a
: 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
triumphal adjective

triumph

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verb

triumphed; triumphing; triumphs

intransitive verb

1
: to obtain victory : prevail
2
a
: to receive the honor of a triumph
b
: to celebrate victory or success boastfully or exultingly

Examples of triumph in a Sentence

Noun 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. Verb His favorite team triumphed in the championship game. despite an accident early on, the runner persevered and ultimately triumphed See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The collapse of the Soviet Union marked, to some American commentators, the end of history and the triumph of western liberal capitalism — a delusion, as the world moved to a new geopolitical conflict between China and the United States, and with the aggression of a resentful Russia. Martin Daunton, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 During Diwali, originally a harvest festival, lamps are lit to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 Stars marked Diwali on Nov. 12, 2023, coming together to celebrate one of Hinduism's biggest and most significant holidays that honors the triumph of good over evil. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 13 Nov. 2023 Brand’s second thoughts arrived sooner, when his imprimatur could not prevent a Conservative election triumph. Matt Flegenheimer, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2023 At one point, Pidgeon’s Diana, learning of the band’s top-of-the-chart triumphs, muses about their fame. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2023 Television is a place of triumphs, and the series boldfaces issues of girl power and empowerment and mutual support. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Some of his big triumphs include finding the Aunt Sally, the Butter Cup, the Big Boy, the Black Ammit, the Striped Virginia Beauty, the Summer Sweet, the Summer Treat, the Tendersweet and the Water Luscious. Sydney Page, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2023 What might have been an unexpected Lennon-McCartney triumph had ended in an amateurish, desultory jam. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2023
Verb
Those who expect love to triumph for the fadeout are hardly in for a surprise. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 18 Oct. 2023 The Story of Cerberus and Heracles The legend of Heracles and Cerberus is foremost a story about triumphing natural order, Meineck says. Katie Liu, Discover Magazine, 31 Oct. 2023 Patrick is insecure about his possibilities to triumph outside his own. John Hopewell, Variety, 6 Oct. 2023 As Iranians in ever larger numbers have rejected the Islamic Revolution and its theocracy, the clerical regime has sought affirmation and legitimacy abroad—an aggressive disposition that isn’t likely to abate until Iranian dissent finally triumphs. Reuel Marc Gerecht, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 2023 Right-wing parties won elections in the United States in 2016 and Brazil in 2022 and triumphed in the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom in 2016. Bruce Hoffman and Jacob Ware, Foreign Affairs, 19 Sep. 2023 The last surprise invasion of Israel fifty years ago made an accidental winner out of Saudi Arabia through U.S. mistakes, even though Israel recovered from the initial setbacks in that war and triumphed over Egypt and Syria. TIME, 8 Oct. 2023 In elections held the following year, Netanyahu defied the polls and a newly hostile press and triumphed over Peres. Ruth Margalit, New York Times, 27 Sep. 2023 During the women’s singles final, where Czech player Markéta Vondroušová triumphed over Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, there was a peak audience of 4.5 million on BBC One – an increase from 2022’s 3.1 million. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 17 July 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English triumphe, from Old French, from Latin triumphus

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of triumph was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Triumph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triumph. Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition

triumph

1 of 2 noun
tri·​umph ˈtrī-əm(p)f How to pronounce triumph (audio)
plural triumphs
1
: an ancient Roman ceremony honoring a victorious general
2
: the joy of victory or success
3
a
: a military victory or conquest
b
: any great success
a scientific triumph

triumph

2 of 2 verb
1
: to celebrate victory or success with much rejoicing
2
: to gain victory : win

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