• (British) IPA: /ˈtɹaɪ.ʌmf/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈtɹaɪ.əmf/


  1. A conclusive success following an effort, conflict, or confrontation of obstacles; victory; conquest.
    the triumph of knowledge
  2. A magnificent and imposing ceremonial performed in honor of a victor.
  3. (obsolete) Any triumphal procession; a pompous exhibition; a stately show or pageant.
    • c. 1607–1608, William Shakeſpeare, The Late, And much admired Play, Called Pericles, Prince of Tyre. […], London: Imprinted at London for Henry Goſſon,  […], published 1609, OCLC 78596089 ↗, [Act II, scene iii]:
      We are ready, & our daughter heere, / In honour of whoſe Birth, theſe Triumphs are, / Sits heere like Beauties child,
  4. A state of joy or exultation at success.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 7”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Great triumph and rejoicing was in heaven.
    • Hercules from Spain / Arrived in triumph, from Geryon slain.
  5. (obsolete) A trump card.
  6. A card game, also called trump.
  7. (historical, Ancient Rome) a ceremony held to publicly celebrate and sanctify the military achievement of an army commander.
  8. A work of art, cuisine, etc. of very high quality.
    Scorsese's latest film is a triumph.
    This wedding cake is a triumph.
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  • Portuguese: triunfo
  • Russian: триу́мф
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triumph (triumphs, present participle triumphing; past and past participle triumphed)

  1. To celebrate victory with pomp; to rejoice over success; to exult in an advantage gained; to exhibit exultation.
    • Bible, Psalms 94:3
      How long shall the wicked triumph?
    • c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
  2. To prevail over rivals, challenges, or difficulties.
  3. To succeed, win, or attain ascendancy.
    • 1911, Thomas Babington Macaulay, “[,_Oliver Goldsmith, Oliver]”, in 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica:
      On this occasion, however, genius triumphed.
    • 2016, David Thomson, Biggest lesson of the 2016 Oscars? The Academy should be scrapped (in The Guardian, 3 March 2016)
      No one reckoned in advance that he had anything but a very testing job as host. He had to be tough, brave, witty, engaging – and decent. He triumphed on every count, thanks to sheer ability.
  4. To be prosperous; to flourish.
    • where commerce triumphed on the favouring gales
  5. To play a trump in a card game.
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Proper noun
  1. A former make of British motor car.

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