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

The Rangers lost 28-6 to Bush in their season opener but rebounded nicely with a 14-11 triumph against Dulles. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Lamar Consolidated, Terry resume football rivalry," 11 Sep. 2019 El Tri brought several big-name players who missed out on the Concacaf Gold Cup triumph to last Friday’s game at the Meadowlands. Brian Straus,, "For USMNT, Two Very Different Friendlies With One Set of Prevalent Themes," 11 Sep. 2019 The sophomore struck for three goals as the Panthers got off on the right foot with a 6-0 shutout of Plymouth South before netting another hat trick in Monday’s 4-2 triumph against Scituate., "Players of the Week," 11 Sep. 2019 In the end, Humboldt spun his defeat on Chimborazo into a triumph that cemented his reputation as the era's superstar scientist and explorer—and his legacy. Tim Appenzeller, Science | AAAS, "Global warming has made iconic Andean peak unrecognizable," 11 Sep. 2019 But Nadal’s triumph confirms his standing as one of the most beastly players in the history of men’s tennis. Kevin Craft, The Atlantic, "Rafael Nadal Takes Another Step Toward Tennis History," 9 Sep. 2019 NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell will moderate a panel discussing films that center on triumphs by young women. NBC News, "Meet the Press Film Festival to showcase more than 20 documentary films," 8 Sep. 2019 Walter agrees to work with him, setting the film on its largely familiar procedural trek through shocking evidence of malfeasance, thwarted legal maneuvers and eventual triumph in a courtroom bathed in sunlight. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Just Mercy': Film Review | TIFF 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 Huge growth Attendances in the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) -- the United States' top domestic league -- have received a huge boost since the USWNT's World Cup triumph, increasing by 70% compared to pre-tournament figures. Matias Grez, CNN, "'We know how big it potentially could be': City earns bragging rights in first women's Manchester Derby," 7 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Winning ugly: Finally, some frontrunners had a tougher go of it, but ended up triumphing in the end. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "How Joe Biden can lose — or win — according to past primaries," 8 July 2019 Harvick took the second and Logano won the third before Larson triumphed in the final, 15-lap stage. Pete Iacobelli, The Seattle Times, "Larson takes first NASCAR All-Star victory with Harvick push," 19 May 2019 Historically, spas were founded by individuals at the fringes or ahead of their time: those who triumphed over their own health woes (or saw others do so at close hand), then felt compelled to share their epiphanies. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "Biomarkers, Sweat Lodges, and Shamans: Today's Wellness Retreats Go Far Beyond a Detox," 26 Aug. 2019 Gimondi remained the youngest Tour de France winner in the post-World War II era until last month, when Egan Bernal of Colombia triumphed in Paris. Ian Austen, New York Times, "Felice Gimondi, Cyclist With a Career Triple Crown, Dies at 76," 22 Aug. 2019 The case made it to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where Armslist triumphed: Under Section 230, according to the decision, Armslist was a platform, not a publisher, and was therefore immune. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "No Law Can Ban White Supremacy From the Internet," 9 Aug. 2019 Simply mimicking the other player’s previous move, a strategy called tit for tat, triumphed over much more sophisticated programs. Quanta Magazine, "Game Theory Calls Cooperation Into Question," 12 Feb. 2015 Notre Dame got its revenge last season, first triumphing over Louisville in a tight, foul-laden contest in South Bend, and later throttling the Cards by 20 points in the 2019 ACC championship game. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville women's basketball to renew rivalry with Notre Dame at Yum Center in 2019-20," 24 June 2019 As a result, large finches and their offspring triumphed during the drought, triggering a lasting increase in the birds’ average size. Quanta Magazine, "Watching Evolution Happen in Two Lifetimes," 22 Sep. 2016

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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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