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

Example Sentences

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
Six months after Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks ended Cleveland’s dream season at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the Cavs were able to get a bit of payback with a 114-102 triumph Monday night. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 21 Nov. 2022 Threw for 7,686 yards and 59 touchdowns, both the most in Badgers history, though he'll forever be linked to his remarkable touchdown run and leading the Badgers to the 1993-94 Rose Bowl triumph. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 Zboril’s first goal broke a 1-1 deadlock and proved to be the winner in the 3-1 triumph over the Sabres. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Nov. 2022 All of those moments leave readers reminded of Trump’s character flaws, where petty grievance and transactional needs triumph over soul-deep beliefs. Philip Elliott, Time, 15 Nov. 2022 The Warriors turned a tight contest into a convincing victory with a strong second half, leading to a 47-21 triumph Friday night over Francis Parker in a CIF Division IV quarterfinal matchup on the winners’ field. Rick Hoff, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2022 Gage rushes for 212 and passes for 209 in a 34-27 triumph over New Mexico. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 8 Nov. 2022 Allen wanted a more convincing triumph over Aaron Rodgers, decrying some unexecuted chances. Richard Morin, USA TODAY, 3 Nov. 2022 The Giants are 6-1 after yet another win, this time a 23-17 triumph over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 24 Oct. 2022
Verb
The only way evil will triumph is for good men and women to do nothing. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 9 Oct. 2022 As in Star Wars, good will triumph over evil and light will overcome darkness. Ryan Parker, Peoplemag, 3 Oct. 2022 As in ‘Star Wars,’ good will triumph over evil and light will overcome darkness. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 29 Sep. 2022 The pro-life movement will increasingly triumph, given its heart for mothers and children and the love that motivates it. Tim Busch, National Review, 16 Aug. 2022 With a series of question marks on the calendar through the remainder of the year, there’s at least one movie that exhibitors expect to triumph. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 22 Aug. 2022 Try to reframe the ambiguity and, by extension, the fear that comes with it as an opportunity to triumph and ultimately prevail. Ryan Mcgrath, Forbes, 27 June 2022 The catastrophe of war, Piketty argued in his 2013 work, gave social democracy its chance to triumph in the West. Gary Gerstle, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 The idea that Sinn Fein - once the political wing of the Irish Republican Army - could triumph in these elections would have been unthinkable a generation ago. Amanda Ferguson And Karla Adam, Anchorage Daily News, 6 May 2022 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 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

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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

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verb

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

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