[ trahy-uhmf, -uhmf ]
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  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.

  1. exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.

  2. 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).

  3. a public pageant, spectacle, or the like.

verb (used without object)
  1. to gain a victory; be victorious; win.

  2. to gain mastery; prevail: to triumph over fear.

  1. to be successful; achieve success.

  2. to exult over victory; rejoice over success.

  3. to be elated or glad; rejoice proudly; glory.

  4. to celebrate a triumph, as a victorious Roman commander.

verb (used with object)
  1. to conquer; triumph over.

Origin of triumph

First recorded before 900; Middle English triumphe (noun), Old English triumpha, from Latin triump(h)us, perhaps from Etruscan, from Greek thríambos “hymn to Dionysus”

synonym study For triumph

1. See victory.

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  • tri·umph·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for triumph


/ (ˈtraɪəmf) /

  1. the feeling of exultation and happiness derived from a victory or major achievement

  2. the act or condition of being victorious; victory

  1. (in ancient Rome) a ritual procession to the Capitoline Hill held in honour of a victorious general

  2. obsolete a public display or celebration

  3. cards an obsolete word for trump 1

  1. (often foll by over) to win a victory or control: to triumph over one's weaknesses

  2. to rejoice over a victory

  1. to celebrate a Roman triumph

Origin of triumph

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

Derived forms of triumph

  • triumpher, noun

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