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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With the 60-point thing out of the way, Bird came back home the following night with a 31-12-7 performance in a 123-106 triumph over the Suns., "Jayson Tatum’s and Larry Bird’s 60 were similar but the 3-pointer was the difference," 2 May 2021 Aduba has been on a high, experiencing one triumph after another. Lucy Feldman, Time, "Uzo Aduba Is Ready to Talk About Therapy," 29 Apr. 2021 The evening’s spirit of reemergence and artistic triumph struck a chord. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Inside Angela Bassett’s Extraordinary Night at the Oscars," 26 Apr. 2021 Joyce Robertson, 69, stood on the curb Tuesday, her arm outstretched in triumph as passing cars honked in support. Stefanie Dazio, Star Tribune, "Flashpoint of 1992 LA riots becomes a place of celebration," 20 Apr. 2021 The standard account of American social mobility would herald the entrance into such company as an overcoming of obstacles, a personal transformation tinged with loss but nonetheless sealed in triumph. New York Times, "Tillie Olsen Captured the Toll of Women’s Labor — on Their Lives and Art," 25 Mar. 2021 In the championship game, Dickey scored 22 points and had seven rebounds and three steals in a 77-70 triumph over Villanova. Craig Clary,, "Catonsville High graduate Jasmine Dickey leads Delaware to WNIT final four after earning regional tournament MVP," 24 Mar. 2021 Five Cardinals scored in double figures and Malik Williams and Jae'Lyn Withers combined for 23 rebounds in the 69-57 triumph, Louisville's first since Feb. 1 following a long COVID-19 pause and the blowout loss at North Carolina. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Feeling good: Louisville guard David Johnson expected to play Saturday at Duke," 27 Feb. 2021 Heisman winner Mark Ingram capped off the perfect run with a two-touchdown performance in a 37-21 triumph over Texas in the Rose Bowl. Eddie Timanus, USA TODAY, "A look at the national titles Ohio State and Alabama have won in college football," 12 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Plot machinations triumph over character now, every time. Darren Franich,, "The Game of Thrones series premiere took its time. The wannabes could learn something.," 17 Apr. 2021 Even in a year such as 2020, both the country and the wines managed to triumph. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc: The Best Buy at Wine Stores Now," 1 Apr. 2021 Kindness will triumph over fear and New Orleans will burst back into the world, robust and screaming like a newborn baby. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, "A new breath for New Orleans," 23 Mar. 2021 In its favor: Movies about the movies often triumph at the Oscars. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, "Oscar 2021 predictions: What will win for Best Picture?," 15 Mar. 2021 Vaccination has enabled humanity to triumph over terrible diseases like smallpox and measles. Zoe Magee, ABC News, "4 former surgeons general join call for 'National Vaccine Day'," 2 Mar. 2021 Those who immediately tune into their tenants’ needs will triumph over the recent disruption to the market. Chase Garbarino, Forbes, "We Need To Measure Office Metrics In Terms Of Employee Engagement, Not Just Time Spent," 26 Feb. 2021 China could become the second country to triumph; its Tianwen-1 probe is en route to the Martian surface today. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "NASA’s rover Perseverance touched down on Mars. What’s next?," 20 Feb. 2021 Spags’ game plan held Brady to 266 yards passing, his second fewest of the season, and the Patriots to a season-low point total, allowing New York to triumph 17-14 in Arizona. Dave Skretta, San Francisco Chronicle, "'Players' coach' not so nice to one player: Brady," 1 Feb. 2021

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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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5 May 2021

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“Triumph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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