tri·​umph | \ ˈtrī-əm(p)f How to pronounce triumph (audio) \
plural triumphs\ ˈtrī-​əm(p)fs How to pronounce triumphs (audio) , -​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 How to pronounce triumphal (audio) \ 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

Season two continued by following the queen's personal struggles and triumphs, including the birth of Prince Edward. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "The Crown Season 4: Everything We Know So Far," 9 Apr. 2019 While Lawrence’s buildings can be seen all over Palm Beach, The Reef is widely recognized as his triumph. Steven Stolman, House Beautiful, "This Delightfully Retro Apartment Complex Has Been Home to Design Royalty," 6 Mar. 2019 The five-time Ballon d'Or winner is fresh off yet another Champions League triumph with Real Madrid and looks to be carrying his country through the World Cup, having scored a hat-trick against Spain last week., "Paris Saint-Germain Reportedly Ready to Offer Cristiano Ronaldo €45m a Year to Move to Ligue 1," 18 June 2018 Shin’s coaching reputation was forged during the 2010 Asian Champions League title triumph with K-League team Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma, which led to him comparing himself to Jose Mourinho. John Duerden,, "World Cup Coutdown: Son to lead South Korea redemption after 2014 shortcomings," 5 June 2018 The climax of escape is indeed a triumph, with the McGloones meeting an end befitting their outrageous terribleness. Karen Valby, New York Times, "Turning Myths and Fairy Tales on Their Heads," 4 May 2018 Jennifer Kremp sparked the come-from-behind triumph with 24 points, including four three-pointers, and six rebounds. Mike Owens,, "Mike Owens' 2017-18 girls' basketball awards: Team of the year, player of the year, and more," 13 Apr. 2018 But for many, the slump in Goetze's career had come even before that night of triumph in Rio de Janeiro. Christophe Beaudufe,, "Gotze, from World Cup glory to soccer hell in four years," 13 July 2018 Since the late Justin Wilson’s triumph in 2012, there have been six different winners to emerge from Texas Motor Speedway. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "IndyCar Texas preview: Why more mayhem could be on tap, and Will Power could win," 7 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Stories with amputee characters often focus on a person triumphing over adversity, and put their limb loss or difference at the center of the story. Susie Armitage, SELF, "10 Things Amputees and People With Limb Differences Want You to Know," 1 May 2019 And with two more games to play this week, machine might yet triumph over human. James Vincent, The Verge, "Humans grab victory in first of three Dota 2 matches against OpenAI," 23 Aug. 2018 The atmosphere was lively for both matches, and each time experience triumphed. Steven Wine, The Seattle Times, "Federer, defending champ Isner to meet in Miami Open final," 30 Mar. 2019 This season has been a disastrous one for Albion, whose relegation was confirmed on Tuesday night as Southampton triumphed 1-0 over Swansea, leaving the Baggies five points from safety with just one game remaining., "Darren Moore Uninterested in Becoming Permanent West Brom Boss Following Relegation," 9 May 2018 Fifteen were fouled back with two strikes, and they were interrupted by four throws over to first base before Barria finally triumphed when Belt lined a fastball to right fielder Kole Calhoun. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc: What's there to say about Cincinnati Reds? Also, an idea for fixing the NFL kickoff," 23 Apr. 2018 The League has triumphed in several recent regional elections since March 4. Time, "Italy's Populists Angered as President Foils Their Bid to Form a Coalition Government," 29 May 2018 This seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed #1 hits in Pop, Gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Here's Proof That Gladys Knight Is Definitely NOT the Bee on The Masked Singer," 14 Feb. 2019 Archie Parnell, who overwhelmingly triumphed in Tuesday night's South Carolina Democratic congressional primary, admitted last month to attacking and beating his ex-wife 45 years ago. Sarah Hallam, CNN, "Menendez: Democratic candidate's past spousal abuse 'probably should be' seen as disqualifying," 13 June 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 How to pronounce triumph (audio) \

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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