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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Other Words from triumph


triumphal \ trī-​ˈəm(p)-​fəl How to pronounce triumphal (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for triumph

Synonyms: Noun

accomplishment, achievement, acquirement, attainment, baby, coup, success

Synonyms: Verb

conquer, prevail, win

Antonyms: Noun


Antonyms: Verb


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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Champions League was delivered to the madcap BVB fans in 1997, while a pair of Bundesliga triumphs and a DFB Pokal were also won during the German's tenure., "7 Football Managers Who Have Taken Charge of Fierce Rivals," 15 July 2019 While disaster is a possibility, so too is triumph and greatness. Aimee Lewis, CNN, "Jill Ellis: The shy girl from England who became US Soccer's record-breaking head coach," 5 July 2019 That is not merely because the game reflects the triumphs and tensions of the society that plays it. The Economist, "Baseball and exceptionalism," 8 June 2019 From charting her journey to motherhood with Baby Alexis Olympia to sharing the triumphs and vulnerabilities of being one of the innovators in her field, Williams is one to watch. Cady Lang, Time, "The 25 Accounts to Follow For the Best Instagram Stories Right Now," 4 June 2019 The stage was set for a triumph and what followed was completely breathtaking. Jordan Roth, Vogue, "Jordan Roth: A Man’s View on the Haute Couture," 28 Jan. 2019 They were joined by the ship's former commanding officers, who spoke of the ship's crews, triumphs and challenges. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "Cindy McCain, family celebrate 25th commissioning anniversary of USS John S. McCain," 2 July 2019 Sterling, who left Merseyside for Manchester in July 2015 for £49m, has since gone on to win the league twice under Pep Guardiola, with both an FA Cup triumph and two League Cup victories also recorded., "Raheem Sterling Reveals Reasons Behind Liverpool Departure in 2015," 2 July 2019 Toronto’s pitch might as well be a YouTube reel of Leonard’s postseason triumphs and another round of champagne baths and photos with the Larry O’Brien trophy. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "Pitching Kawhi Leonard: How do Lakers, Clippers and Raptors stack up in frenetic free agency?," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In 2006, 2008, and 2018, Democrats humbled themselves before moderate and even conservative voters and triumphed. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "No More Chastened Democrats," 28 June 2019 Dan Levy, who stars on and co-created the series, won Best Comedic Performance and triumphed over some comedy heavyweights, including Awkwafina for Crazy Rich Asians and John Mulaney for Big Mouth, as well as a superhero, Zachary Levi in Shazam! Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Schitt's Creek star Dan Levy scores surprise win at MTV Movie & TV Awards," 18 June 2019 Sunday’s final was a rematch of the 2018 Roland Garros final in which Nadal also triumphed. Claudia Harmata,, "King of Clay! Rafael Nadal Makes Tennis History with 12th Undefeated French Open Title," 9 June 2019 A month later the forces of order triumphed at the polls. Richard Norton Smith, WSJ, "‘De Gaulle’ Review: ‘A Certain Idea of France’," 26 July 2018 But then again, as long as the show continues to value viewers' votes, the country's true favorite will always triumph in the end — singer or not. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Actual Reason 'AGT' Has So Many Singers on the Show," 11 June 2019 Last week, Tony Evers triumphed against the odds and beat Scott Walker in Trump country. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "What the 2018 results tell us about 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 Stories with amputee characters often focus on a person triumphing over adversity, and put their limb loss or difference at the center of the story. Susie Armitage, SELF, "10 Things Amputees and People With Limb Differences Want You to Know," 1 May 2019 And with two more games to play this week, machine might yet triumph over human. James Vincent, The Verge, "Humans grab victory in first of three Dota 2 matches against OpenAI," 23 Aug. 2018

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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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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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