Meaning of triumph in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtrʌɪʌmf/

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  • 1A great victory or achievement.

    ‘a garden built to celebrate Napoleon's many triumphs’
    • ‘His greatest triumph was undoubtedly his achievement in training Laois ladies to win the All Ireland senior title three years ago.’
    • ‘He vowed to speed up his controversial land reform programme, saying his victory was a triumph against British ‘imperialism’.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, I do get a sense from the trailer of a resounding triumph and victory when all is said and done.’
    • ‘The Party's third election victory was a triumph over the media class.’
    • ‘Our achievements and triumphs are incredible.’
    • ‘Twenty-four years on a play written by a Knockmore man to commemorate the 21st anniversary of the triumph has achieved the same level of acclaim as the team that inspired it.’
    • ‘The feeling and display of joy in England since Saturday morning was way beyond what it would have been had the triumph been achieved by a combined British team.’
    • ‘Every day, little triumphs and major victories unfold throughout the country.’
    • ‘Five speeches within the first 190 lines of the play feature his triumphs and victories on the battlefield.’
    • ‘The play-off triumph was also achieved despite half of the side being unavailable because of a school trip and the team falling 2-0 behind after just five minutes.’
    • ‘They returned to the palace, tired, weary, and many fewer than they had started out with, but flushed with the triumph of victory.’
    • ‘Her victory was an unlikely triumph for a woman who lay backstage crying before the curtain had even gone up.’
    • ‘Hitler refused to accept the Allied victory as a triumph with strategic dimensions.’
    • ‘The victory was a tactical triumph for the German, who started a season-low sixth on the grid.’
    • ‘The victory repeated their triumph at the same tournament in 1998.’
    • ‘Prokofiev conceived it ‘as a symphony of the greatness of human spirit’; a triumph of victory over adversity at the end of the Second World War.’
    • ‘Some of Brazil's triumphs have been achieved in spite of their goalkeepers rather than because of them.’
    • ‘But those triumphs are not his most extraordinary achievement.’
    • ‘That's why their cultural achievements are on a par with our sporting triumphs - few and prized as a consequence.’
    • ‘But this victory will eclipse both those recent triumphs.’
    victory, win, conquest, success
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    1. 1.1mass noun The state of being victorious or successful.
      ‘the king returned home in triumph’
      • ‘On your journey, you pass a distractingly large billboard that features a 30-foot high poster of a man clasping the Premiership trophy in triumph.’
      • ‘She watched miserably as the two men collected their prizes in triumph.’
      • ‘He returned to Paris in triumph, where he was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honour by Charles X and subsequently made a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.’
      • ‘After live rather unequal rounds, the audience was allowed to vote for the winner, who was then awarded a victory sash and led off in triumph.’
      • ‘By rights, the tent should have been half full; instead it was rammed, proof that despite the sniping from the music press, Travis had mobilised an army and returned to their home patch in triumph.’
      • ‘The difference is that on this day, an old classmate of theirs is returning in triumph to the old neighbourhood.’
      • ‘His mission is only to arrange a cease-fire so that the President may pull his army out of the cities in triumph without having offered any concessions to them.’
      • ‘Last night, he returned to parliament, in triumph.’
      • ‘Flying Scotsman will return to Yorkshire in triumph next month, when it is the star attraction at the NRM's Railfest celebrations, which mark the bicentenary of the train.’
      • ‘On June 14 troops marched into the town in triumph to take prisoner 12,000 defeated and hungry troops.’
      • ‘After several months of floods, gales, tantrums, and boisterous whisky parties, he returned in triumph to a London which was already agog at his endeavour.’
      • ‘Although the Wasps were beaten 30-14 at South Leeds Stadium, it was their best performance in weeks and almost ended in triumph.’
      • ‘It then toured the entire country before returning in triumph to Dublin's famous Abbey Theatre, selling out the 600 seats night after night.’
      • ‘So the Jacobite army entered London in triumph.’
      • ‘So the 35-year-old Californian, who'd had a moderate year in the Majors, finished in triumph.’
      • ‘So many of these brave men and women have returned in triumph as heroes; and we must only now comprehend how wandering Achilles is flawed.’
      • ‘A team of young St John Ambulance volunteers has returned in triumph to York after winning a national quiz competition for the fifth time.’
    2. 1.2mass noun Joy or satisfaction resulting from a success or victory.
      ‘‘Here it is!’ Helen's voice rose in triumph’
      • ‘I raised my arms in triumph, whooped with joy and ran round the courtyard in celebration.’
      • ‘She looks down on it with triumph and satisfaction.’
      • ‘She was safe, for the time being, and her family hugged her tightly, in triumph and relief and gladness.’
      • ‘The two singers also won the nation's heart; their beautiful voices and endearing characters had viewers weeping tears of joy as they sang in triumph.’
      • ‘The rider cries out in exultation, arms up in triumph.’
      • ‘When that came to a crashing halt, he raised his arms in triumph, much to the delight of the audience.’
      • ‘He isn't overwhelmed with triumph, or joy, or even relief.’
      • ‘And then he put the tiny cellular phone back in his pocket and jumped in triumph, like a victorious athlete.’
      • ‘The boy ducked, then danced off in triumph, waving his trophy, and the crowd shouted.’
      • ‘Jason simply brushed his hands together and smiled in triumph.’
      • ‘They march victorious across the world, beating their drums in triumph.’
      • ‘He punched the air in triumph and exclaimed ‘Wow!’’
      • ‘Laughing in triumph, Shanza had laid back and squirmed to get comfortable, then drifted off again, his sleep successfully dreamless.’
      • ‘Within minutes, the Healer produced a small scrap of parchment, and grinned in triumph.’
      • ‘In triumph, he picks people up, hugs them, shouts with glee; in defeat, his face carries a frightening scowl and the pearly teeth disappear from view.’
      • ‘Her two male vice-presidents threw their arms in the air in triumph.’
      • ‘He asked the audience to join in at the appropriate time and at the closing everyone yelled out the DJ's name in triumph.’
      • ‘It was a joy to see the huge smile on her face as she approached the line and from a photographer's point of view, it was even better when she raised her hands in triumph.’
      • ‘In the end he took the pencil and I grinned in triumph.’
      • ‘He punched the air in triumph as I passed him his towel.’
      jubilation, exultation, elation, rejoicing, delight, joy, joyfulness, happiness, glee, pride, satisfaction
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    3. 1.3A highly successful example of something.
      ‘the marriage had been a triumph of togetherness’
      • ‘Such proceedings are confidential and, in response to misgivings, the process has been defended both as historically very successful and as a triumph of pragmatism over principle.’
      • ‘Whatever the meaning, the painting is a small knockout, a triumph of the allegorical imagination.’
      • ‘It is a triumph of modern technology and construction and an example of the best collaboration between engineering and architecture.’
      • ‘It was a triumph of organisation and entertainment, a crowd-pleaser from start to finish and an event that will ensure the golfing status of Fota Island as a matter of course.’
      • ‘In part, this reflected a triumph of assimilation.’
      • ‘I tip my hit to the current subway map, which I find useful, helpful, and plenty attractive - a triumph of design, at least in my book.’
      • ‘Supporters of GM crops see them as a triumph of scientific progress, allowing farmers to increase production, combat pests, and cut down on harmful pesticide.’
      • ‘It's fresh, a triumph of spirit, like spring sun undeterred by dirt-encrusted windows, first breath of morning against your naked spine.’
      • ‘He then goes on to do his own ‘crowing’, that the new treaty is regarded by the French, as a triumph of British negotiation, and that is why they are complaining.’
      • ‘Now the construction, known as Fishgate, stands proudly at the gateway to the city - a triumph of modern architecture and a symbol of the area's fishing heritage.’
      • ‘In an age governed by regulation and timidity, where originality is all too often swamped by political correctness, this building will stand as a triumph of individuality.’
      • ‘It was not, however, a triumph of thoroughly disciplined cricket, of well constructed sessions of play or of an overwhelming superiority over the host nation.’
      • ‘But it was a triumph of vitality and of politicised desire.’
      • ‘But in fact Miss Bates is a triumph of style, because she has her own unruly style, which is a part of Austen's prim one.’
      • ‘If that happens, it may well be a triumph of biographical scholarship, but it's apt to have literary consequences too.’
      • ‘In this alone it stands as a triumph of contrarianism.’
      • ‘This exhibition is a triumph of painting indeed.’
      • ‘The scene was a triumph of decorum, until Harmon, an enormous cat, entered the room, carrying a dead goldfish.’
      • ‘This book is a triumph of self-effacing scholarship.’
      • ‘The Woman in White is one of the triumphs of Victorian literature.’
      tour de force, masterpiece, supreme example, coup, marvellous feat, feather in one's cap, wonder, sensation, master stroke
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  • 2The processional entry of a victorious general into ancient Rome.

    ‘Such was the fate of the Vandal king, Gelimir, paraded through Constantinople in 534 in a procession evoking the triumphs of ancient Rome.’
    • ‘He took many senators to Britain with him, to prevent their plotting against him in his absence, and once the required victory had been secured, he returned to Rome for his triumph.’
    • ‘He returned to Rome in 166, when he and Marcus celebrated a triumph together.’
    • ‘Agricola circumnavigated the island, was ordered to Rome, and celebrated his triumph.’
    • ‘Octavian went ahead with his triumph, when the procession through Rome bore an image of Cleopatra with a snake ostentatiously clamped to her arm.’


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  • 1Achieve a victory; be successful.

    ‘spectacle has once again triumphed over content’
    • ‘The 49-year-old part-timer from Perth had triumphed over some of the best known and most commercially successful photographers in the country.’
    • ‘However, Ireland triumphed over her injuries to achieve the competitive edge she enjoys today.’
    • ‘The cowboy always showed that good triumphed over evil and I truly believe that youngsters subconsciously absorbed the moral force for good inherent in the stories.’
    • ‘The awards were organised by the Memorial Fund to honour young people who have triumphed over adversity.’
    • ‘In the final lines of the play she seems more excited by having triumphed over her rival than by having regained her husband's love, an emotion that is undervalued throughout.’
    • ‘Commentators analysed how the Japanese industrial model had triumphed over its rivals.’
    • ‘Having lost a close match with Somerset by two wickets last week, Kent have slipped into the third relegation place and if Yorkshire beat them it will mean they have triumphed over the current bottom four clubs.’
    • ‘In case you're curious, Ian triumphed over Larry because of his wittier dialogue, which, as someone observed, is the real way to slay your opponents.’
    • ‘She led her wave from start to finish and triumphed over this Olympic distance event, which includes a 1500m swim, 40K bike ride and 10K run.’
    • ‘They were modest, hard-working, genuine individuals, some of whom had triumphed over what life had dealt them and some of whom had simply felt compelled to do something.’
    • ‘In the first four books, good has largely triumphed over evil but the outcome of the eagerly-awaited book five is not known.’
    • ‘In fact after the first round of this season's NBA play-offs, no lower-seeded team has triumphed over its favoured competition.’
    • ‘The nation has triumphed over a very difficult patch, and if the current economic gains are anything to go by, there is need to maintain industrial harmony.’
    • ‘By bringing together persons who have triumphed over the disease, the organisers expect to dispel several misconceptions about cancer.’
    • ‘Her contemporaries wrote books in which a hero, bent on a specific goal, triumphed over, or was defeated by, geography.’
    • ‘Nature certainly triumphed over nurture in David's case.’
    • ‘Most of the 50 said no, leaving the impression that political correctness had triumphed over open debate.’
    • ‘As Oscar Wilde once said, experience has triumphed over hope but men still have needs.’
    • ‘At Lincoln, in May 1217, the ageing regent, William Marshal, triumphed in battle against the rebels.’
    • ‘The secessionists triumphed in the early months of 1861, but the contest between these groups would continue even after these states left the Union.’
    win, succeed, be successful, come first, be the victor, be victorious, gain a victory, carry the day, carry all before one, prevail, take the crown, take the honours, take the prize, come out on top
    defeat, beat, conquer, trounce, vanquish, best, worst, overcome, overpower, overwhelm, get the better of, gain ascendancy over, gain mastery of
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    1. 1.1Rejoice or exult at a victory or success.
      ‘she stopped triumphing over Mrs Ward's failure’
      • ‘I closed the drawer, I hopped and gloated and laughed, triumphing, completely maniacal, demoniac.’
      • ‘Listeners will be invited to stroll down memory lane this week as the station celebrates its 15 years at this frequency with special programming triumphing their contribution to the local listening scene.’
      • ‘As usual, under such circumstances in the country, they triumphed a little too soon.’
      • ‘The orators who had advocated the war loudly triumphed in the seeming fulfilment of their sanguine predictions.’
      crow, gloat, swagger, brag, boast
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  • 2(of a Roman general) ride into ancient Rome after a victory.

    ‘Caesar triumphed at Rome four times in the same month, with a few days between each triumph.’
    • ‘Of the ancient forum where Cicero spoke and Caesar triumphed, there remain only ruins scattered across an enclave around which swirls the modern city.’


Late Middle English from Old French triumphe (noun), from Latin triump(h)us, probably from Greek thriambos ‘hymn to Bacchus’. Current senses of the verb date from the early 16th century.