tri·​um·​phant | \trī-ˈəm(p)-fənt \

Definition of triumphant 

1 : victorious, conquering triumphant armies

2 : rejoicing for or celebrating victory a triumphant shout

3 : notably successful a triumphant performance

4 archaic : of or relating to a triumph

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Other Words from triumphant

triumphantly adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for triumphant


flourishing, going, palmy, prosperous, successful, thriving


failed, unsuccessful

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Examples of triumphant in a Sentence

the triumphant bidder on the house he was positively triumphant when the school troublemaker finally got expelled

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Thenceforth the Lehmans sought at every turn to see market opportunity where others had not, and even to transform national and global catastrophe into triumphant capital gain. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "What’s on at the Theater? A Comprehensive Guide to London’s Best Shows This Fall," 18 Oct. 2018 As the race to get autonomous cars on the road heats up, the results have been alternately triumphant (Alphabet's Waymo started self-driving grocery runs) and tragic (an Uber self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona last March). Sebastian Modak, Condé Nast Traveler, "Today in Self-Driving Cars: Jaguar Gives Them Eyes, Toyota Gives Them $500M," 28 Aug. 2018 That triumphant run began with Monster, a 16-track affair helmed mostly by Metro Boomin and featuring a lone guest verse from Lil Wayne. Will Schube, Billboard, "Zaytoven and Future Are Just Like Bruddas on 'Beast Mode 2'," 9 July 2018 But more importantly, Meghan's hair made a triumphant return to her now-famous low, slightly undone bun. Andrea Park, Allure, "Meghan Markle Wears A Bun that Looks Just Like Her Wedding Hair," 3 Oct. 2018 Hunted almost to extinction, humpback whales have now made a triumphant return. The Seattle Times, "Winter getaway: Stay and play in Kaanapali, Maui," 15 Aug. 2018 Only one player can ultimately survive and emerge triumphant, which is why any moment not spent shooting at perfect strangers is dedicated to smashing stuff up, collecting raw materials and building all sorts of shelters. Liel Leibovitz, WSJ, "The Secret of a Videogame Sensation? Joy," 27 July 2018 The triumphant, and often inebriated, mood feels a lot like May 9, a national holiday marking the Soviet victory over Nazi Germany and one of the most important dates in the Russian calendar. Amie Ferris-rotman, Washington Post, "For the World Cup, the Russian people are all in, win or lose," 25 June 2018 Rather than triumphant, these photographs seem to propose that cruel division only serves to create martyrs. Christopher Knight,, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of triumphant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of triumphant

: resulting in victory or success

: celebrating victory or success


tri·​um·​phant | \trī-ˈəm-fənt \

Kids Definition of triumphant

2 : rejoicing for or celebrating victory

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triumphantly adverb

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