Definition of triumphant in English:


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  • 1Having won a battle or contest; victorious.

    postpositive ‘a comic fairy tale about innocence triumphant’
    • ‘the triumphant winner rose from his seat’
    • ‘Each of the domes represents a battle in Ivan's triumphant war against the rebellious khan of Kazan.’
    • ‘The long-awaited opening will mark the triumphant end of a battle stretching back up to four years.’
    • ‘To be triumphant in the battle, you have to focus on your innate desire to be good.’
    • ‘He had experienced the joy of long-sought victory with the triumphant Limerick team of 1973.’
    • ‘The triumphant Mottingham Village team celebrates its cup win against Fulham Town’
    • ‘Harriers' men's team were hit by injuries, with only one of the triumphant Southern team able to take part.’
    • ‘The past year, in financial terms, had seen further triumphant success.’
    • ‘The triumphant success of this gangster paradigm lies in the script's wit and macabre irony.’
    • ‘Bonfires blazed everywhere on Sunday evening welcoming the triumphant players back with the cup.’
    • ‘He came out of that class triumphant, and he's never looked back.’
    • ‘He is declared triumphant by default, and the host now rapidly changes the focus.’
    • ‘While the play was becoming more and more triumphant at the box-office, the movie was taking shape.’
    • ‘The defence and goalie shut out the Golden Hawk offence for the rest of the game to hold onto the win and remain triumphant.’
    • ‘You are triumphant in conflicts after a period of strife and opposition.’
    • ‘However, it was a triumphant night for Rovers, despite the rain which made for gruelling conditions at Villa Park.’
    • ‘They returned triumphant, the eyes were bright and the gills were sufficiently red for the fish to be judged A grade fresh.’
    • ‘But there is a special thrill in watching a young footballer facing a challenge and emerging triumphant.’
    • ‘Britain was triumphant in science, commerce and military endeavours.’
    • ‘She won four gold medals in different events at the championship and returned home triumphant.’
    • ‘A daredevil returned home triumphant yesterday after carrying out the highest bungee jump in the world.’
    victorious, successful, winning, prize-winning, conquering
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    1. 1.1Feeling or expressing jubilation after having won a victory or mastered a difficulty.
      ‘he couldn't suppress a triumphant smile’
      • ‘"Reason number three right there, " Faith said with a triumphant smile.’
      • ‘People forgot the gloom of post-war hardships and were joyful, proud and triumphant.’
      • ‘When Canada wins by one point, Joe is triumphant - Team USA humbled and shocked.’
      • ‘Each of these winners is greeted by a triumphant roar and wild celebrations around the winners' enclosure.’
      • ‘People exit with triumphant smiles carrying boxes full of books, usually acquired for less than a fiver.’
      • ‘An old woman is sitting on the front steps with a triumphant smile on her face.’
      • ‘Ignoring Sam's constant triumphant smirks, Nick searched our faces for an answer.’
      • ‘He sat back in the copilot's seat and cast her a triumphant grin.’
      • ‘"So it was your boys fault, " concluded Tempest, looking triumphant.’
      • ‘Kage continued to hold me there, I could almost picture his triumphant smirk.’
      • ‘Robert spun around and paled at the sight of the girl's triumphant grin.’
      • ‘He had on a blank stare that made him look somewhat triumphant about something.’
      • ‘He stayed silent, trying to hide a triumphant smile, as he carried me all the way back to his base.’
      • ‘Then he turned and looked right at me, a triumphant grin battling the displeasure.’
      • ‘Satisfied with the answer, Selina plopped into the seat with a triumphant grin.’
      • ‘I dared to look at Kelly a few minutes later and saw her giving a triumphant smile.’
      • ‘He dropped me down to the ground and watched me with a triumphant smile.’
      • ‘His icy green eyes widened as she gazed down at him, a triumphant smile plastered on her face.’
      • ‘She tried to keep a triumphant smirk off her face when Petyr looked away.’
      • ‘A triumphant smile appeared on his face when the knob managed a full turn.’
      jubilant, exultant, elated, rejoicing, joyful, joyous, delighted, gleeful, proud, cock-a-hoop
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/trīˈəmf(ə)nt/ /traɪˈəmf(ə)nt/


Of the two words triumphant and triumphal, the more common is triumphant, which means ‘victorious’ or ‘exultant’: she led an arduous campaign to its triumphant conclusion; he returned triumphant with a patent for his device. Triumphal means ‘used in or celebrating a triumph’: a triumphal parade


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘victorious’): from Old French, or from Latin triumphant- ‘celebrating a triumph’, from the verb triumphare (see triumph).