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/ traɪˈʌm fənt /
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having achieved victory or success; victorious; successful.
exulting over victory; rejoicing over success; exultant.
Archaic. triumphal.
Obsolete. splendid; magnificent.
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Origin of triumphant

First recorded in 1485–95; from Latin triumphant-, stem of triumphāns, present participle of triumphāre “to triumph”; see triumph, -ant


tri·um·phant·ly, adverbun·tri·um·phant, adjective


triumphal, triumphant
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What does triumphant mean?

Triumphant means experiencing, celebrating, or having achieved a triumph—an especially significant or noteworthy victory or success.

Triumph is also commonly used as a verb meaning to win, succeed, or be victorious in an epic or spectacular way. Sometimes, it means to conquer. In this case, it’s often used with the word over, and triumphant is used in the same way. An army can be triumphant over enemy forces. In stories, good is triumphant over evil. A person might be said to be triumphant over cancer.

Triumphant 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.

Triumphant can describe a person who is or has been victorious, as in They returned to their hometown triumphant, entering to the cheers of the adoring crowd. 

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

Triumphant can describe something considered a great achievement, as in Her latest novel is triumphant—a masterpiece in every way. 

The similar adjective triumphal means involving, relating to, or celebrating a triumph.

Example: We will not rest until we are triumphant—when we finally victorious over the forces of evil.

Where does triumphant come from?

The first records of the word triumphant come from the late 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. Triumphant 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 can be used to describe not only the victor and the victory, but also the celebration of that victory. To make a triumphant entrance is to enter a place as a winner, especially in celebration.

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What are some other forms related to triumphant?

  • triumphantly (adverb)
  • triumph (noun)

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How is triumphant used in real life?

Triumphant 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 triumphant?

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

How to use triumphant in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for triumphant

/ (traɪˈʌmfənt) /

experiencing or displaying triumph
exultant through triumph
  1. magnificent
  2. triumphal

Derived forms of triumphant

triumphantly, adverb
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