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[trahy-uhmf, -uhmf]
  1. the act, fact, or condition of being victorious or triumphant; victory; conquest.
  2. a significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory.
  3. exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.
  4. 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).
  5. a public pageant, spectacle, or the like.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to gain a victory; be victorious; win.
  2. to gain mastery; prevail: to triumph over fear.
  3. to be successful; achieve success.
  4. to exult over victory; rejoice over success.
  5. to be elated or glad; rejoice proudly; glory.
  6. to celebrate a triumph, as a victorious Roman commander.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to conquer; triumph over.
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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


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


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Examples from the Web for triumphed

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Historical Examples

  • To him, the wonderful thing was that the slave had triumphed over his owner.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • The assistant was on his mettle, and either failed or triumphed.

  • Even on the days when he triumphed in his workshops, disaster awaited him at home.

  • And, by the frailty of those they have triumphed over, they judge of all the rest.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • I triumphed; and for a time enjoyed my success, and the advantages that it brought me.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for triumphed


  1. the feeling of exultation and happiness derived from a victory or major achievement
  2. the act or condition of being victorious; victory
  3. (in ancient Rome) a ritual procession to the Capitoline Hill held in honour of a victorious general
  4. obsolete a public display or celebration
  5. cards an obsolete word for trump 1
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verb (intr)
  1. (often foll by over) to win a victory or controlto triumph over one's weaknesses
  2. to rejoice over a victory
  3. to celebrate a Roman triumph
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Derived Formstriumpher, noun

Word Origin

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 triumphed



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.

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late 15c.; see triumph (n.). Related: Triumphed; triumphing.

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