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

Other Words from triumph


triumphal \ trī-​ˈəm(p)-​fəl How to pronounce triumph (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Over all, the prevailing emotion was one of triumph and pleasure. New York Times, 10 May 2022 If Beijing accepts, then Washington enjoys a major diplomatic triumph and the opportunity to do something good at minimal expense for people who desperately need it. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, 8 May 2022 By the end of the episode where there was all this suffering, there is a triumph and insight. Alamin Yohannes,, 7 May 2022 About 2,000 of the world’s elite track and field athletes will converge on Eugene this summer for the World Athletics Championships, all with their own personal stories of obsessive dedication, sacrifice and triumph. oregonlive, 24 Apr. 2022 The pulpit, its tragedy and triumph, is woven into Baldwin's own experience and work. Danté Stewart, CNN, 16 Apr. 2022 Though Smith’s actions cast no aspersion on the sisters, his win for playing their father was stained with apology rather than triumph, and that’s too bad. Los Angeles Times, 28 Mar. 2022 Spanning several generations, the footage marks joyous occasions in life as well as its heartbreaking challenges, ultimately capturing the resilience and triumph of the human spirit. Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2022 The events of the past gathered in the memory of the world in a bouquet of romanticism, pain, pity, greatness, and triumph. Vogue, 2 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Now is the time for democracies to dig in their heels and proclaim that enough is enough -- that right will be forced to triumph. David A. Andelman, CNN, 16 May 2022 The winner will be the favorite to triumph over Chelsea or Crystal Palace in the final on May 14. Robert Kidd, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 His 99-yard interception return for a touchdown proved to be one of the highlights of a disappointing 8-9 season and helped the Browns triumph 41-16 over the eventual AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals on Nov. 7 in Cincinnati. Nate Ulrich, USA TODAY, 18 Apr. 2022 Liberal networks are fretting that the GOP will triumph over Democrats in the 2022 midterm elections. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, 4 Apr. 2022 Because with no offense to any of the other nominees — especially the unusually talented and daring Arooj Aftab, who performed at the 2021 Carlsbad Music Festival — this is one category in which there is no doubt about who will triumph. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2022 Chosen by their peers, SAG nominees and winners are generally considered better indicators of who might triumph in the acting categories at the Oscars this spring. Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2022 The Pandavas eventually triumph, but none of their descendants survives except for a single child, stillborn and revived at birth by the god Krishna, who was one of the major instigators of the war but who chose to side with the Pandavas. David Shulman, The New York Review of Books, 24 Sep. 2020 Russian tanks may roll into Kyiv, but Russia won’t ultimately triumph over Ukrainian nationalism. Rich Lowry, National Review, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Triumph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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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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