triumph

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noun

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
1
a
: 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
triumphal adjective

triumph

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verb

triumphed; triumphing; triumphs

intransitive verb

1
: to obtain victory : prevail
2
a
: to receive the honor of a triumph
b
: to celebrate victory or success boastfully or exultingly

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
The Holocaust itself was not enough—no people can build a sustainable and dignified self-image on the basis of victimhood alone—but Zionism transformed victimhood into triumph. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 The Power Of Passion Embarking on the entrepreneurial journey is akin to stepping onto a rollercoaster of dreams, challenges and triumphs. Somdutta Singh, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 But what should feel like a triumph instead feels kind of sad, for both Stewart and The Daily Show itself. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 12 Feb. 2024 Fox News Digital publishes a wide range of pieces all week long to keep you in the know about the latest health and wellness topics — from medical research to health care innovations to stories of personal medical triumph. Melissa Rudy, Fox News, 11 Feb. 2024 William’s co-acquisition of The Baltimore Sun virtually ensures that the experiences, obstacles and triumphs of Black Americans are not only recognized but also understood and depicted in an authentic and comprehensive manner. Benjamin Crump, Baltimore Sun, 6 Feb. 2024 Having gone six years without a PGA Tour triumph since turning pro, victory marks Clark’s third on the circuit in the space of nine months. Jack Bantock, CNN, 5 Feb. 2024 The film will follow the life of the late King of Pop, from his early days as a member of family group the Jackson 5 alongside his siblings through to his career-defining triumphs as a solo artist. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 30 Jan. 2024 The result of such a narrative is the triumph of absurdity and the defeat of art. Selome Hailu, Variety, 2 Feb. 2024
Verb
There, the defending champions will face off against the San Francisco 49ers, who triumphed over the Detroit Lions in the NFC Championship over the weekend. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 29 Jan. 2024 Since its inception in 1972, only three presidential candidates who triumphed in the Iowa caucuses have ascended to the presidency: Democrats Jimmy Carter in 1976 and Barack Obama in 2008, and Republican George W. Bush in 2000. Allison Novelo, CBS News, 15 Jan. 2024 The filmmakers faced each other in the best director category, where Mr. Nolan triumphed. Jake Coyle, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Jan. 2024 Farnaby and King’s screenplay strays outside Dahl’s original story to imagine what came before, while remaining more or less true to the author’s thematic playground of pure-hearted children triumphing over wicked adults. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 4 Dec. 2023 In 2022, Batiste became only the 11th Black male artist to triumph in the Album of the Year category. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 31 Jan. 2024 For centuries, our social order rested on the basic premise that dignified behavior will always triumph — that justice will always go hand in hand with righteousness. Christian Schneider, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Farewell From Dodger Stadium, which triumphed in the Outstanding Variety Special category. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Jan. 2024 The Jewish audience of Matthew would have connected the two narratives, in which good ultimately triumphs over evil. Aaron Gale, Discover Magazine, 18 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English triumphe, from Old French, from Latin triumphus

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Triumph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triumph. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

triumph

1 of 2 noun
tri·​umph ˈtrī-əm(p)f How to pronounce triumph (audio)
plural triumphs
1
: an ancient Roman ceremony honoring a victorious general
2
: the joy of victory or success
3
a
: a military victory or conquest
b
: any great success
a scientific triumph

triumph

2 of 2 verb
1
: to celebrate victory or success with much rejoicing
2
: to gain victory : win

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