[trahy-uhmf, -uhmf]


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to conquer; triumph over.

Origin of triumph

before 900; Middle English triumphe (noun), Old English triumpha < Latin triump(h)us, perhaps < Etruscan < Greek thríambos hymn to Dionysus
Related formstri·umph·er, noun

Synonyms for triumph

1. success. See victory. 3. jubilation, celebration. 6. succeed.

Antonyms for triumph Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for triumph

Contemporary Examples of triumph

Historical Examples of triumph

  • Who foremost now to climb the leaguered wall, The first to triumph, or the first to fall?

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • In the hour of triumph the government was doomed to receive a stunning blow.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Her brother's and sister's triumph upon the difficulties into which they have plunged her.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • Would she come laughing, with all the triumph of the dance bright in her face?

  • There was a frightful grin of triumph twisting his mouth in this minute of punishment.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

British Dictionary definitions for triumph



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

verb (intr)

(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
Derived Formstriumpher, noun

Word Origin for triumph

C14: from Old French triumphe, from Latin triumphus, from Old Latin triumpus; probably related to Greek thriambos Bacchic hymn
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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.

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