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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Opening with a reminiscent story of her teenage parenting years, Winnie noted how her journey was full of trial and triumph. Tiyana Jordan, Essence, 5 Aug. 2022 Historians believe that Lincoln chose that particular day because the first national day of gratitude — called for by George Washington to mark the nation's triumph in the Revolutionary War —was on Thursday, November 26, 1789. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, 5 Aug. 2022 On the surface, Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan looks like an American triumph. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, 3 Aug. 2022 Any moment spent answering questions was a moment spent not celebrating England’s triumph at soccer’s European Championship. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 1 Aug. 2022 The story of the HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of tragedy and triumph. Gayle E. Smith, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Solving the full version of the problem will be an even bigger triumph. Dave Linkletter, Popular Mechanics, 22 July 2022 None of this indicated an inspiring triumph of feminist ideals in American life: this was a case of marketers getting better at marketing. Molly Fischer, The New Yorker, 21 July 2022 Fans fell madly in love with nearly every main character, and each death or triumph sent shockwaves through the fanbase. Amanda Ostuni,, 14 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Raise a glass to triumph throughout the year with a glass of Teneral. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 26 July 2022 People don’t need total blockades to triumph over microbes—just a defense that’s good enough. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 25 July 2022 The legal saga has played on both sides of the Atlantic as a recurring scene over four decades of a life marred by tragedy and also triumph. Brian Melley, Chicago Tribune, 18 July 2022 The legal saga has played on both sides of the Atlantic as a recurring scene over four decades of a life marred by tragedy and also triumph. Brian Melley, USA TODAY, 18 July 2022 In any case, the best way to triumph over adversity is to be prepared to deal with it. Don Yaeger, Forbes, 28 June 2022 This is an early appeal to ideas of artistic formalism that would later triumph in abstraction. Philip Kennicott, Washington Post, 14 July 2022 Viewers know that the Jedi will triumph a few short years after this show is set. Grace Segers, The New Republic, 14 June 2022 Hope, that a Jersey City, N.J., Jesuit commuter school of about 2,100 students can triumph in a land of giants. Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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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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