- The definition of a triumph is a victory or success.
An example of triumph is someone winning a contest.
- in ancient Rome, a procession celebrating the return of a victorious general and his army
- the act or fact of being victorious; victory; success; achievement
- exultation or joy over a victory, achievement, etc.
- Obsolete any public spectacle or celebration
Origin of triumphMiddle English triumphe ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin triumphus ; from Old Latin triumpus, akin to Classical Greek thriambos, hymn to Bacchus sung in festal processions
- to gain victory or success; win mastery
- to rejoice or exult over victory, achievement, etc.
- to celebrate a Roman triumph
Origin of triumphMFr triumpher < L triumphare < the n.
intransitive verbtri·umphed, tri·umph·ing, tri·umphs
- To be victorious or successful; win.
- To rejoice over a success or victory; exult: “She knew her leaving him &ellipsis; had plunged him back into this mood. And she triumphed a little” (D.H. Lawrence).
- To receive honors upon return from a victory. Used especially of generals in ancient Rome.
- a. The act or fact of being victorious; a victory: her triumph in the election.b. Exultation or rejoicing over victory or success: The fans danced in triumph after their team won.
- a. A success in a struggle against difficulties or an obstacle: a patient's triumph over an illness.b. A noteworthy achievement or success: a musical that was a triumph on Broadway.
- A public celebration, especially in ancient Rome, to welcome a returning victorious commander and his army.
Origin of triumphMiddle English triomfen, from Old French triumpher, from Latin triumphāre, from triumphus, triumph, from earlier triumpus, ultimately (probably via Etruscan) from Greek thriambos, hymn to Dionysus.
- A conclusive success following an effort, conflict, or confrontation of obstacles; victory; conquest.
- the triumph of knowledge
- A magnificent and imposing ceremonial performed in honor of a victor.
- A state of joy or exultation at success.
- A card game, also called trump.
- (historical, Ancient Rome) a ceremony held to publicly celebrate and sanctify the military achievement of an army commander.
- A work of art, cuisine, etc. of very high quality.
- Scorsese's latest film is a triumph.
- This wedding cake is a triumph.
(third-person singular simple present triumphs, present participle triumphing, simple past and past participle triumphed)
From Latin triumphō.