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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To celebrate the Fourth of July, Netflix’s hit show shared a short but triumphant teaser for its sixth and final season expected later this year. Erin Ben-moche,, "'House of Cards' sends a potent, post-Kevin Spacey message on Fourth of July," 5 July 2018 When moms recount their triumphant birth stories — either as a personal badge of honor or a way to relate to one another — inevitably these accounts isolate someone in the group whose delivery left her traumatized. Courtney Reissig, Washington Post, "Dear Christian moms: I don’t want to hear another boastful birth story," 11 May 2018 Instead of taking a breather afterward, Urie immediately made the uncharacteristically triumphant sixth Panic! Chris Martins, Billboard, "Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie on How Cross-Dressing & 'Kinky Boots' Inspired Their New Album," 15 June 2018 Mazara, the first man to get a hit off Verlander in that situation, acted triumphant on the double. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander locks up Astros' victory over Rangers," 8 June 2018 If the latter special was the view from the precipice, this is the view from the other side— a touch less original, but all the more triumphant. Vogue, "Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife," 11 May 2018 But thanks to Ellen’s excellent defensive playing and Ogunbowale’s shooting skills, Team Ellen emerged from the game triumphant. Cady Lang, Time, "Ellen DeGeneres Played Basketball Against Kobe Bryant and Ice-Cube. And She Won," 6 Apr. 2018 Only Navy — a 5-4 winner over Holy Cross — emerged triumphant. Edward Lee,, "Division I men’s lacrosse week in review for teams in Maryland (April 2)," 2 Apr. 2018 The ensuing scandal over that corned beef on rye — two silly minutes of an otherwise triumphant five-hour flight — always amazed Young. Sophie Weiner, Popular Mechanics, "Legendary Apollo Astronaut John Young Has Died," 6 Jan. 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

Other Words from triumphant

triumphantly adverb

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