- the act, fact, or condition of being victorious or triumphant; victory; conquest.
- a significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory.
- exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.
- Roman History. the ceremonial entrance into Rome of a victorious commander with his army, spoils of war, and captives, authorized by the senate in honor of an important military or naval victory.Compare ovation(def 2).
- a public pageant, spectacle, or the like.
- to gain a victory; be victorious; win.
- to gain mastery; prevail: to triumph over fear.
- to be successful; achieve success.
- to exult over victory; rejoice over success.
- to be elated or glad; rejoice proudly; glory.
- to celebrate a triumph, as a victorious Roman commander.
- to conquer; triumph over.
Origin of triumph
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Examples from the Web for triumph
Everybody stays—because by the end, his triumph feels like your own.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014
December 31, 2014
They are stories of persecution and triumph, adversity and strength.Quorum: Global LGBT Voices
December 10, 2014
The security services insisted that this triumph should remain secret for 50 years.The Castration of Alan Turing, Britain’s Code-Breaking WWII Hero
November 29, 2014
Indeed, the Republican triumph may be part of a larger trend.With Immigration Move, Obama and the Welfare Party Strike Again
November 24, 2014
As he relishes his triumph, a larger, grinning version of the man materializes in the background, eyeing his prey.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing
November 7, 2014
Who foremost now to climb the leaguered wall, The first to triumph, or the first to fall?
In the hour of triumph the government was doomed to receive a stunning blow.
Her brother's and sister's triumph upon the difficulties into which they have plunged her.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Would she come laughing, with all the triumph of the dance bright in her face?Way of the Lawless
There was a frightful grin of triumph twisting his mouth in this minute of punishment.Within the Law
- the feeling of exultation and happiness derived from a victory or major achievement
- the act or condition of being victorious; victory
- (in ancient Rome) a ritual procession to the Capitoline Hill held in honour of a victorious general
- obsolete a public display or celebration
- cards an obsolete word for trump 1
- (often foll by over) to win a victory or controlto triumph over one's weaknesses
- to rejoice over a victory
- to celebrate a Roman triumph
Word Origin and History for triumph
late 14c., from Old French triumphe (12c.), from Latin triumphus "achievement, a success, procession for a victorious general or admiral," earlier triumpus, probably via Etruscan from Greek thriambos "hymn to Dionysus," a loan-word from a pre-Hellenic language. Sense of "victory, conquest" is c.1400.
late 15c.; see triumph (n.). Related: Triumphed; triumphing.