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 So in a sense, both people tell a story – in the Palestinians’ case, as yet unfulfilled – of triumph over suffering in a single, small patch of land on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, 26 May 2021 Don’t want to throw your back out at such a moment of triumph., 24 May 2021 The sports metaphors that color The Off-Season and all of Cole’s oeuvre make for a distinct mythology, a perfect synergy between sports fans and rap fans who look to their heroes for stories of triumph. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 19 May 2021 Landing an impossible reservation can prompt a weird, almost embarrassing feeling of triumph. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 19 May 2021 Leverage feelings of triumph in your case studies to make your customers the heroes. Marie Hattar, Forbes, 17 May 2021 Propelled by this moment of triumph, Castro went on to become a member of the board of directors of a Washington think tank. Steve Chapman Chicago Tribune, Star Tribune, 6 May 2021 Propelled by this moment of triumph, Castro went on to become a member of the board of directors of a Washington think tank. Steve Chapman,, 5 May 2021 But right here, at a moment of triumph, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier showed all its cards. Darren Franich,, 23 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Kindness will triumph over fear and New Orleans will burst back into the world, robust and screaming like a newborn baby. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al, 23 Mar. 2021 In its favor: Movies about the movies often triumph at the Oscars. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021 Vaccination has enabled humanity to triumph over terrible diseases like smallpox and measles. Zoe Magee, ABC News, 2 Mar. 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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The first known use of triumph was in the 14th century

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10 Jun 2021

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“Triumph.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 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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