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

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since their introduction in 1851, when designers built the Crystal Palace to showcase the wonders of the Industrial Revolution at the World’s Fair in London, glass buildings have been emblematic of man’s triumph over nature. Kate Wagner, The New Republic, "A Clear Menace," 14 Jan. 2020 Tsai, of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party, was leading by a comfortable margin in most polls and was expected to triumph Saturday over her Nationalist Party rival, Han Kuo-yu, and James Soong, of the smaller People First Party. Washington Post, "Taiwan president urges voters to turn out, uphold democracy," 10 Jan. 2020 Utah has the biggest win of the season between the two teams, a 69-66 triumph over then No. oregonlive, "Utah Utes beat Oregon State Beavers 81-69 in Pac-12 men’s basketball opener: Live updates recap," 2 Jan. 2020 Buoyed by a 38-28 triumph over Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl and a bevy of returners, Louisville will have high hopes for the 2020 season. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Bowl wins highlight bright future for Bluegrass State's FBS teams," 31 Dec. 2019 As offensive coordinator under Dave Wannstedt in 2000, Gailey orchestrated an offense that helped the Dolphins record their most recent playoff victory, an overtime triumph over the Colts in a wild-card game. Hal Habib, USA TODAY, "Dolphins bring 67-year-old Chan Gailey out of retirement to be offensive coordinator, per reports," 31 Dec. 2019 Destiny Pitts scored 19 points Saturday as the Minnesota Gophers closed out their non-conference schedule with their 10th consecutive victory, a 77-49 triumph over Lehigh at Williams Arena. News Services, Twin Cities, "Women’s basketball: Gophers rout Lehigh, extend win streak to 10," 21 Dec. 2019 The Avs, who saw their nine-game points streak end Monday at St. Louis, bounced back nicely Wednesday night with a 4-1 triumph against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avalanche bounces back with win against Chicago Blackhawks," 18 Dec. 2019 Still, only one of Pittsburgh’s eight wins – a 17-12 Week 10 triumph over the visiting Rams – has come against a team currently sporting a winning record. Ken Pomponio, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NFL Best Bets: Three best underdog locks for Week 15," 11 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, the Best Picture favorites appear to be Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Sam Mendes’s 1917, two original and lush epics that triumphed at a 2019 box office mostly dominated by franchise features. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Breaking Down the 2020 Oscar Nominations," 13 Jan. 2020 One of several documentary crews immediately approached the young girl who triumphed in the children’s race and filmed a lengthy interview. Jordan Runtagh,, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 The decision paid off: Huerta finished a distant fifth in the race, with 6 percent of the vote, and Lopez ultimately triumphed in the runoff. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Texas Senate candidate wants opponent kicked off the ballot," 10 Jan. 2020 The seven-time Grammy winner has enjoyed No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performances. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Phoenix concert announcements: These bands and musicians are coming to the Valley in 2020," 4 Jan. 2020 Danny was a rare talent who triumphed over incredible odds to become one of our greatest actors. NBC News, "Actor Danny Aiello of 'Do the Right Thing' and 'Moonstruck' dead at 86," 13 Dec. 2019 Moments after the restart, Lars Ricken struck a crucial goal for Ottmar Hitzfeld's team that levelled the aggregate score, though Inter remained ahead on away goals, having triumphed 3-1 in North Rhine-Westphalia a fortnight prior., "Inter vs Dortmund Preview: Where to Watch, Live Stream, Kick Off Time & Team News," 21 Oct. 2019 Enable, who has won more than $12 million in her glittering career, clinched her first Arc at Chantilly in 2017 -- Longchamp was being redeveloped -- and then triumphed again last year to cement her status as one of the sport's greats. Rob Hodgetts At Longchamp, CNN, "Enable beaten by Waldgeist to miss historic third Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe," 6 Oct. 2019 Through this fantasy world, Mark finds the strength to triumph in the real world and face his attackers. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019

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

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Triumph.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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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