[ trahy-uhm-fuhl ]
/ traɪˈʌm fəl /
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of, pertaining to, celebrating, or commemorating a triumph or victory: a triumphal banquet; a triumphal ode.
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Origin of triumphal

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word triumphālis.See triumph, -al1


triumphal , triumphant
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What does triumphal mean?

Triumphal means involving, relating to, or celebrating a triumph—an especially significant or noteworthy victory or success.

In many cases, triumphal means about the same thing as the more commonly used triumphant—experiencing, celebrating, or having achieved a triumph.

Triumph is also commonly used as a verb meaning to win, succeed, or be victorious in an epic or spectacular way. An army can triumph over enemy forces. In stories, good triumphs over evil. A person might be said to triumph over cancer.

Triumphal is especially used in situations in which victory or success has come after great difficulty, adversity, or sacrifice, or over an opponent considered difficult to defeat.

Sometimes, triumphal describes the state of joy or celebration following a victory or success that is considered a triumph, as in A triumphal feeling filled her as she realized she had won the election. 

Example: A triumphal victory parade has been planned to celebrate the championship.

Where does triumphal come from?

The first records of the word triumphal come from the 1400s. Triumph is first recorded much earlier, before 900. It ultimately comes from the Greek thríambos, meaning “hymn to Dionysus,” the Greek god of wine and celebration.

A triumph is an epic win. Triumphal is especially used in the context of victory in battles and things that are likened to battles—such as sporting events and long bouts with serious illnesses. It is especially used to describe the celebrations of such victories. To make a triumphal entrance is to enter a place as a winner, especially in celebration.

A triumphal arch is a structure that commemorates some victory, usually a military one. A famous example is Paris’s Arc de Triomphe (“Arch of Triumph”), which was constructed to honor Napoleon’s victorious armies.

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How is triumphal used in real life?

Triumphal is typically used in situations involving epic or spectacular victories or successes—and the celebrations that follow.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of triumphal?

A. victorious
B. tragic
C. triumphant
D. exultant

How to use triumphal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for triumphal

/ (traɪˈʌmfəl) /

celebrating a triumpha triumphal procession
resembling triumph
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