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 The triumph of In the Heights, as movie or play, is that Miranda makes his streets our streets too. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, 10 June 2021 But his bigger triumph could be in rewriting the ugly history of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Rick Klein, Averi Harper, ABC News, 13 May 2021 Saturday’s triumph was a two-year-long process that began with a heartbreaking 7-6 loss to Wagner in the Northeast Conference title game on May 4, 2019 and exacerbated by a 2020 season prematurely canceled by the coronavirus pandemic. Edward Lee,, 8 May 2021 Yet, an unforeseen triumph is more a great opportunity than an obligation for stars such as defender Jules Koundé and forward Youssef En-Nesyri. Henry Flynn, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 There’s no #OscarsSoWhite or related furor to drum up this year, and, interestingly, this particular triumph is not limited to the actor categories, which are the de facto battleground of this issue for many people. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, 22 Apr. 2021 But that triumph was just a dress rehearsal for what came next. New York Times, 6 Mar. 2021 Christopher Bell will let others decide if his triumph on the Daytona International Speedway road course was a statement win, but Bell knew transitioning back into Joe Gibbs Racing this year was big. Kelly Crandall, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2021 Friday's triumph over Moeller was a confidence booster for the team, the program and many supporters who felt like a huge weight was lifted off their collective shoulders. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The 25-year-old Berrettini became the first newcomer to triumph at Queen’s since Boris Becker in 1985., 20 June 2021 Medicine would triumph over infection, and Austria would meet Ukraine for a goal-less draw in Bucharest, Romania, in front of a full house. New York Times, 11 June 2021 The good guys were alive and well, and the light and good would always triumph over the dark and evil, no matter the personal cost. Chris Quinn, San Antonio Express-News, 4 May 2021 But this is a romantic comedy; the question isn’t whether love will triumph, only how. New York Times, 3 June 2021 If function can't triumph over form at the post office, what hope is left? Annie White, Car and Driver, 26 Feb. 2021 He fashions outlaw pies that triumph despite everyone’s worst wishes for them. Francesco Lastrucci, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Feb. 2021 Plot machinations triumph over character now, every time. Darren Franich,, 17 Apr. 2021 Even in a year such as 2020, both the country and the wines managed to triumph. Lettie Teague, WSJ, 1 Apr. 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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22 Jun 2021

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“Triumph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 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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