- 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: Middle English triumphe from Old French from Classical Latin triumphus from Old Latin triumpus, akin to Glassical Greek thriambos, hymn to Bacchus sung inch(es) festal processions
- to gain victory or success; win mastery
- to rejoice or exult over victory, achievement, etc.
- to celebrate a Roman triumph
Origin: MFr triumpher < L triumphare < the n.
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intransitive verb tri·umphed, tri·umph·ing, tri·umphs
- To be victorious or successful; win.
- To rejoice over a success or victory; exult.
- To receive honors upon return from a victory in ancient Rome. Used of a general.
- The fact of being victorious; victory or conquest. See Synonyms at victory.
- A noteworthy or spectacular success.
- Exultation or rejoicing over victory or success.
- A public celebration in ancient Rome to welcome a returning victorious commander and his army.
- Obsolete A public celebration or spectacular pageant.
Origin: Middle 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.