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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Other Words from triumph


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

Whatever happens down the road between Kim and Trump, or Kim and whoever follows Trump, since North Korean leaders tend to outlast American presidents, this is to be regarded as a moment of triumph. Fox News, "AP Analysis: In North and South Korea, 2 views of summit," 19 Sep. 2018 For some reason, his school – in a country where freedom of speech is a constitution right, and the city of Frederick Douglass – turned his moment of triumph into a time of sorrow and pain. Paula Rogo,, "First Black Valedictorian Speaks At City Hall After High School Denies Him Graduation Speech," 7 July 2018 For some reason, his school – in a country where freedom of speech is a constitution right, and the city of Frederick Douglass – turned his moment of triumph into a time of sorrow and pain. Rebecca Bratek, CBS News, "Principal refuses to allow first black valedictorian to give speech, so Rochester mayor intervenes," 4 July 2018 By Rebecca Skloot The story of medical progress is often told as a story of triumph. Sarah Mupo, STAT, "The 39 best health and science books to read this summer," 25 June 2018 Though few remember Agnesi today, her pioneering role in the history of mathematics serves as an inspiring story of triumph over gender stereotypes. Richard Gunderman, Scientific American, "Maria Agnesi, the Greatest Female Mathematician You’ve Never Heard Of," 16 May 2018 This David-over-Goliath triumph remains a point of national pride. azcentral, "AZ Memo: Legislature adjourns, #RedForEd teacher grades lawmakers; celebrate Cinco de Mayo in downtown Phoenix," 4 May 2018 But instead of fire, Amézquita has filled the drum with water, a subversive declaration of triumph in the face of danger and hate. Andrea Alonso, Los Angeles Magazine, "This Artist Walked from Tijuana to L.A. to Make a Powerful Statement," 27 Apr. 2018 Following this triumph, the band was picked up by major label Elektra Records. Cliff Hall,, "They Might Be Giants celebrate 30 years of their seminal album, 'Lincoln'," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 But despite the hurdles, the radio host still triumphed in the end. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars' Will Not Return This Spring After Bobby Bones's Controversial Win," 13 Dec. 2018 Democratic challengers triumphed in a number of suburban areas, defeating Republican Reps. Isaac Stanley-becker, The Seattle Times, "Republicans keep control of the Senate; Democrats claim House majority," 7 Nov. 2018 Ultimately, Neymar and his Brazilian teammates triumphed, shutting down Mexico 2-0 in the second half. Raisa Bruner, Time, "People Have Feelings About Neymar's Dramatic Reactions at the World Cup," 2 July 2018 Figure skater Adam Rippon and pro dancer Jenna Johnson triumphed, as widely expected. Hal Boedeker,, "'Dancing With the Stars': Strange dance, big win," 21 May 2018 In 2007, the mother of two and minimogul regained her self-confidence and triumphed against the odds. Nancy Collins, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sarah Ferguson: Diana, the Queen and I," 12 Oct. 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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