triumph

noun
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 \

Essential Meaning of triumph

1 : a great or important victory They earned/gained a magnificent triumph over the invading army. They celebrated their triumph with a parade through the streets of the city. They were able to achieve an important triumph against their chief rivals.
2 : a great success or achievement Quitting smoking was a personal triumph for her. The party was a triumph. The bridge is an engineering triumph.
3 : the very happy and joyful feeling that comes from victory or success They had a feeling of triumph after finishing the project. shouts of triumph They stood atop the mountain in triumph.

Full 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

triumph

verb
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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Other Words from triumph

Noun

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 But the book is not just a tale of triumph and how wonderful Amazon was or is. Steve Denning, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 This time around, however, Nwandu was determined to leave the taste of triumph, not tragedy, on audiences’ tongues. Brittani Samuel, Glamour, 23 Sep. 2021 But few even among the Washington establishment see that as an undisputed mark of triumph. Washington Post, 10 Sep. 2021 Images and video captured by the Los Angeles Times in the hours after the withdrawal displayed a surreal scene of triumph. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 The Yankees are feeling it now, after nearly six months of triumph and torment, great moments and gut punches. New York Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Members here led by the late Gordon Jones badgered the Navy for 15 years to name a ship after Pearl Harbor, well aware that the military service preferred that honor to go to someone or something identified with triumph, not defeat. San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2021 Thomas had said earlier that her trials triumph and that humming 21.61 had changed her life. BostonGlobe.com, 3 Aug. 2021 It’s the triumph of the nuclear heterosexual family and so forth. Kristin Iversen, refinery29.com, 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Aha, humanity and goodness will triumph once again. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 19 Oct. 2021 Recent polls suggest the LDP, which has ruled Japan for most of the past 66 years, will once again triumph, in part because Covid-19 has receded. Peter Landers, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2021 Greed and power make the world go ‘round, but Squid Game shows that even so, good can still triumph over evil. Erik Kain, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 During Thursday's game, Stewart scored 17 points to help her team triumph over the Connecticut Sun, winning 79-57. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, 13 Aug. 2021 Ulibarri is one of many who shared their stories of struggle and triumph with the iReport community. Jack Guy, CNN, 11 Aug. 2021 Elder, by far the leading candidate to replace Newsom if the recall passes, is unlikely to triumph based on how people in his old neighborhood will vote. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 This is a story of desperation, anger, poverty—and triumph over long odds to crack the code of a degenerative disease that had been stealing the lives of children since it was first discovered more than a century ago. Brady Huggett, Scientific American, 8 Sep. 2021 Yet for all its credibility on campus, the carbon tax could not triumph in the real world—that is, on Capitol Hill. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 20 July 2021

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First Known Use of triumph

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

1508, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for triumph

Noun

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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“Triumph.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/triumph. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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triumph

noun
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

triumph

verb
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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