tri·​umph | \ ˈtrī-əm(p)f How to pronounce triumph (audio) \
plural triumphs\ ˈtrī-​əm(p)fs How to pronounce triumphs (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 triumphal (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for triumph

Synonyms: Noun

accomplishment, achievement, acquirement, attainment, baby, coup, success

Synonyms: Verb

conquer, prevail, win

Antonyms: Noun


Antonyms: Verb


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Examples of triumph in a Sentence


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.


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

Keonte Coffie powered Oviedo to a 54-21 triumph over Colonial by rushing for the second-most yards in a single game in Seminole County history. J.c. Carnahan,, "Oviedo cracks Top 10 of Sentinel Super 16 high school football rankings," 16 Sep. 2019 Lucien Favre's Dortmund were stunned by Bundesliga newbies Union Berlin prior to the international break, but have since got their title challenge back on track with a convincing triumph against Bayer Leverkusen., "Borussia Dortmund vs Barcelona Preview: Where to Watch, Buy Tickets, Live St & Team News," 15 Sep. 2019 Mitchell Evans, Connor Delp and Connor Fruits added 182 combined rushing yards and each scored in Center Grove's first win of the season, a comfortable 48-20 triumph over Ben Davis. Matthew Glenesk, Indianapolis Star, "Vote for the Indy-area high school football top performer from Week 4," 14 Sep. 2019 Glenelg is off to a 3-0 start after winning its season-opening tournament with a 2-1 victory over Manchester Valley and a 7-0 triumph over Walkersville. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "‘Confident’ Werner leads Glenelg girls soccer over Atholton," 11 Sep. 2019 In its wake centre-right candidates went on to triumph in Peru, Ecuador, Chile and Colombia (although in Ecuador Lenín Moreno moved right only when in office). The Economist, "Will South America’s “pink tide” return?," 5 Sep. 2019 South San’s Gabby Soto recorded 17 kills, a .469 hitting percentage, 16 assists, 11 digs and seven blocks in a five-set triumph over Boerne. Terrence Thomas,, "Volleyball: E-N rankings, top players," 2 Sep. 2019 The show, directed by Phyllida Lloyd (Mamma Mia!) with a book by playwright Katori Hall, injects a fresh blast of energy into the story of Turner’s triumph over adversity. Eben Shapiro, Time, "The Most Anticipated Plays and Musicals of Fall 2019," 30 Aug. 2019 Haynes lived for 30 years after the United crash with a more complicated narrative, one that blended tragedy with triumph. Chicago Tribune, Twin Cities, "Other voices: Before Capt. Sully, there was hero pilot Al Haynes," 29 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Capped 40 times by Spain, De Gea won the Premier League title in 2013, and has triumphed in the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League. James Masters, CNN, "David de Gea signs new contract at Manchester United," 16 Sep. 2019 The Reds triumphed 5-4 on penalties after the game was tied 2-2 at the end of extra time, but their first-half performance left a lot to be desired, particularly on the defensive side., "Virgil van Dijk Pinpoints Liverpool's Problems at the Back Following Super Cup Win," 15 Aug. 2019 Liberal democracy might have triumphed dialectically, but religion and nation seem not to have noticed, or cared. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Fukuyama’s ‘End of History’ Was Misunderstood by Critics," 7 Aug. 2019 Women’s suffrage movements in both countries triumphed at the end of the First World War. David Kaiser, Time, "Donald Trump and Boris Johnson Rode the Same Wave Into Power. History Suggests the Parallels Won’t Stop There," 26 July 2019 The current election is a redo of the April vote, in which Netanyahu narrowly triumphed over Gantz but then failed to enlist enough allies to form a coalition government. Noga Tarnopolsky, Los Angeles Times, "As election nears, Netanyahu intensifies his rhetoric against Israel’s Arab population," 14 Sep. 2019 Osaka now holds the US Open and Australian Open titles, while Barty triumphed at Roland-Garros. Danielle Rossingh, CNN, "US Open 2019: Five top talking points," 23 Aug. 2019 Frerich triumphed by covering the final 400 meters in 1:13.93; Ostrander did it in 1:15.23. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska runner Allie Ostrander shines in her pro debut," 27 July 2019 Was there any doubt that widow Celeste would triumph over her mean mother-in-law Mary Louise (Meryl Streep)? Hal Boedeker,, "‘Big Little Lies’: Meryl Streep dazzled to the end," 22 July 2019

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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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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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