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 And the real-life story of Holiday, which tragically resonates all the more now in the era of Black Lives Matter, stands out as a morality tale in which artistic triumph and personal tragedy are cast as equals. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Andra Day is riveting in wildly ambitious film ‘The United States vs. Billie Holiday’," 26 Feb. 2021 Her story isn’t one of triumph or restitution, but a glimpse into what her life is truly like. Anna Altman, The New Republic, "The Consolations of the Illness Memoir," 17 Feb. 2021 There is both irony and triumph inherent in the exhibition. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, "Scarab Club hosts W.E.B. DuBois-inspired art exhibit about Black life in America," 13 Feb. 2021 Lunar New Year is often framed as a cheerful occasion, but for the Vietnamese whose history is filled with both loss and triumph, the holiday itself is bittersweet. New York Times, "Tet Is Full of Traditions, but You Can Have It Your Way," 29 Jan. 2021 The performers need to convey tragedy and triumph to both the most distant attendee and the closest camera, as well as demonstrate a physical prowess that differentiates them from the ticket-buying horde. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "A legendary 1989 WWF match in Anchorage is one of the last holy grails in pro wrestling," 28 Dec. 2020 Naming Russia’s coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V, in honor of the iconic Soviet satellite program, was meant to surround the country’s coronavirus response with an aura of innovation and triumph. Washington Post, "Russia’s space chief pens stargazing ballads. They also serve Moscow’s political orbit.," 27 Dec. 2020 Their practices both showcase black resiliency and triumph but in different ways and from different gender perspectives. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "A New York businessman donated a $1 million art collection to Morehouse College," 13 Dec. 2020 In the heart of Kansas City, Missouri, there's a high school football team that has experienced a lifetime worth of tragedy and triumph. Joseph Salvador, USA TODAY, "Kansas City high school football team followed by tragedy, triumph and filmmaker," 12 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Trump can only triumph if the increase in his turnout over 2016 is much greater than the number of Democrats who didn't vote four years ago, but post absentee ballots and flock to the polls this time. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Who will decide the election? It may come down to Pennsylvania seniors," 28 Oct. 2020 Lesbian candidates were the most likely to triumph at the ballot box last month, with over 55 percent claiming victory. NBC News, "Record number of LGBTQ candidates won in November, new data reveals," 10 Dec. 2020 The worst thing about the election — only to be outdone if Trump somehow manages to triumph — is that the majority is slim. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Column: With Trump we lost the democratic system envisioned by our founders. With Biden we could get it back," 6 Nov. 2020 In that formula, however, Johnson’s superior car is supposed to triumph. Michael Mccleary, The Indianapolis Star, "'Persistence sometimes pays off': Tommy Johnson Jr. in best position of career for NHRA title," 1 Nov. 2020 In other words, good ideas do not necessarily triumph in the marketplace of ideas. New York Times, "The First Amendment in the age of disinformation.," 13 Oct. 2020 Sometimes that doesn’t triumph over a great lineup. Dallas News, "Who will reach the World Series at Globe Life Field? SportsDay staffers make their ALDS and NLCS predictions.," 12 Oct. 2020 Swiatek is the first woman to triumph in Paris without ceding a set since Justine Henin in 2007. Howard Fendrich,, "Pembroke Pines’ Sofia Kenin loses in French Open final," 10 Oct. 2020

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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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6 Mar 2021

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“Triumph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for triumph



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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