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

White represents light, innocence, purity, joy, triumph, and glory. Madison Alcedo, Country Living, "The Real Meaning Behind the Colors of Easter," 8 Mar. 2019 Was your childhood super dramatic and filled with onstage triumphs, heart-wrenching rejections, and that sort of thing—or filled with the tedium and boredom of rehearsals and practice and all that? Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Opera Star Isabel Leonard on Singing for Sesame Street, Dancing to Pitbull, And Performing for Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court," 1 Feb. 2019 The tense uncertainty of the music perfectly suited Mr. Cox’s songs, which were elliptical snapshots of fear, loneliness, revulsion and the occasional triumph, and that feeling of stubborn endurance was essential to their appeal. Mark Richardson, WSJ, "‘Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?’ by Deerhunter Review: A Statelier Kind of Chaos," 9 Jan. 2019 The third and last installment will cover the final product triumphs and regrets. Casey Johnston, Ars Technica, "Store-bought is not enough: My first hard cider homebrew," 22 Nov. 2018 But for all of the lofty talk and ambitious goals, for all of the triumphs and setbacks, SpaceX has still yet to ever fly a single human being. Christian Davenport, The Seattle Times, "Inside SpaceX, the Willy Wonka-like rocket factory that eventually could send astronauts to space," 14 Aug. 2018 The Destiny Grimoire Anthology weaves tales from multiple sources together for the first time, casting new light on Destiny’s most legendary heroes, infamous villains, and their greatest moments of triumph and tragedy. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Destiny’s excellent lore is being collected into a physical anthology book series," 27 July 2018 Saarinen understood how essentially American the arch form was, a symbol of triumph and conquest that is hollow at its core. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 Saarinen understood how essentially American the arch form was, a symbol of triumph and conquest that is hollow at its core. Philip Kennicott,, "50 years later, the St. Louis Arch emerges with a new name and a skeptical view of western expansion," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Among the pro-Householder candidates who triumphed Tuesday was Jim Trakas, a former state representative and ex-leader of the Cuyahoga County Republican Party who beat Bentleyville Mayor Michael Canty in House District 6. Seth A. Richardson,, "Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray turn the focus on each other in Ohio governor's race," 8 May 2018 When the association finally triumphed last month — with the caps’ permanent dissolution — a saga marked by legislative twists and convolutions, procrastination and budgeting witchcraft finally came to an end. Washington Post, "Tucked into the budget deal, long-awaited gifts to some health-care providers," 6 Mar. 2018 Martens said, noting that the effort matched the team’s showing early in the season against Park, when the Sabers triumphed, 66-40. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Franklin boys basketball seizes control of Southeast by finishing with a flourish in battle of two top-10 teams," 30 Jan. 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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