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

Keep scrolling for more

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


Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

López Obrador's triumph extended to both houses of Congress, where his National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) party and its partners are seen winning 61 percent of seats in the 500-member lower house, projections by pollster Consulta Mitofsky show. Gabriel Stargardter And Miguel Gutierrez, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's López Obrador will dominate Congress, with record female contingent," 5 July 2018 Messi and Ronaldo will be remembered for great club success, but not country triumph. Ronald Blum, Fox News, "Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles," 30 June 2018 What unfolds is partly a send-up of the art preparatory-patronage system in America and partly her own mock-heroic struggle to not just persevere but (spoiler alert) to triumph. Kathleen Hirsch,, "A portrait of the artist as an older woman," 29 June 2018 Mr Trump is allergic to admitting any Russian involvement in his triumph, and in the past has simply refused to accept what his own intelligence machinery tells him about Russian hacking. The Economist, "Vladimir Putin’s hopes for his long-awaited meeting with Donald Trump," 14 July 2018 Ocasio-Cortez ran on a platform that included Medicare for all, tuition-free public colleges, and the abolition of ICE, and her triumph provided a singular ray of light in yet another grim week. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "President Obama Emerges With a Message For the Midterms," 1 July 2018 In 2016, Vladimir Putin reaped two of his greatest foreign policy triumphs in quick succession. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Other Russia Collusion Scandal Is Breaking Wide Open," 30 June 2018 Their triumph, which came by a fraction of a second, gave the United States its first gold medal in the sport. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Gold medals land Alaska skiers Randall, Kurka on ESPY ballot," 23 June 2018 As in its predecessor version, Lysistrata’s revolt seems headed for a triumph of female empowerment. Philip Brandes,, "In 'Lysistrata Unbound,' the women go to war against war," 22 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Brazil won the Under-20 version in 2011 but European sides have triumphed since. Rob Harris, The Seattle Times, "Enforced development helps give Europe a grip on World Cup," 10 July 2018 Despite fears that the 2018 Soccer World Cup in Russia would be overshadowed by controversy and scandal, sport has triumphed, with a series of on-field upsets and surprises dominating coverage of this year's tournament. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "World Cup: Second Round Draws Record Ratings in U.K., France," 4 July 2018 But none of that felt quite juicy enough for a season finale; neither did the ultimate revelation that Bernard made a Dolores of his own to triumph over the nasty humans. The Atlantic, "Westworld: Is This Now?," 24 June 2018 In the weeks since, League candidates have triumphed in a series of mayoral elections, sometimes at the expense of the 5-Stars. Frances D'emilio, Fox News, "Italy's Salvini: EU election to be referendum on migration," 1 July 2018 Trumpism Trump Republicans triumphed in the GOP’s top two primaries. Holly Otterbein,, "The biggest winners and losers in Pennsylvania's 2018 primary election," 17 May 2018 Both Uta and Hifumi triumphed at the prestigious Tokyo Grand Slam in December 2017, sealing gold on home soil in their respective categories barely 15 minutes apart. Henry Young, CNN, "Uta Abe: The poster girl of Tokyo 2020 that's still at high school," 27 Apr. 2018 Karen's victory made her the third youngest player to win the title and returned the championship to the United States for the first time since 958, when Althea Gibson triumphed., "July 8, 1962: Susman triumphs at Wimbledon," 8 July 2018 Norris, who is 2-for-2 in Alaska's most famous race, triumphed in 42 minutes, 13 seconds. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "With an elite competitor hot on his heels, Anchorage’s David Norris takes back men’s Mount Marathon title," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'triumph.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about triumph

Statistics for triumph

Last Updated

14 Sep 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for triumph

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for triumph



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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on triumph

What made you want to look up triumph? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make amends

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!