[trahy-uhmf, -uhmf]
the act, fact, or condition of being victorious or triumphant; victory; conquest.
a significant success or noteworthy achievement; instance or occasion of victory.
exultation resulting from victory; joy over success.
Roman History. the ceremonial entrance into Rome of a victorious commander with his army, spoils of war, and captives, authorized by the senate in honor of an important military or naval victory. Compare ovation ( def 2 ).
a public pageant, spectacle, or the like.
verb (used without object)
to gain a victory; be victorious; win.
to gain mastery; prevail: to triumph over fear.
to be successful; achieve success.
to exult over victory; rejoice over success.
to be elated or glad; rejoice proudly; glory.
to celebrate a triumph, as a victorious Roman commander.
verb (used with object)
to conquer; triumph over.

before 900; Middle English triumphe (noun), Old English triumpha < Latin triump(h)us, perhaps < Etruscan < Greek thríambos hymn to Dionysus

triumpher, noun

1. success. See victory. 3. jubilation, celebration. 6. succeed.

1. defeat, loss. Unabridged
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triumph (ˈtraɪəmf)
1.  the feeling of exultation and happiness derived from a victory or major achievement
2.  the act or condition of being victorious; victory
3.  (in ancient Rome) a ritual procession to the Capitoline Hill held in honour of a victorious general
4.  obsolete a public display or celebration
5.  cards an obsolete word for trump
6.  (often foll by over) to win a victory or control: to triumph over one's weaknesses
7.  to rejoice over a victory
8.  to celebrate a Roman triumph
[C14: from Old French triumphe, from Latin triumphus, from Old Latin triumpus; probably related to Greek thriambos Bacchic hymn]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. triumphe (12c.), from L. triumphus "achievement, a success, procession for a victorious general or admiral," earlier triumpus, probably via Etruscan from Gk. thriambos "hymn to Dionysus," a loan-word from a pre-Hellenic language. Sense of "victory, conquest" is c.1400. The verb
is first recorded late 15c. Related: Triumphed; triumphing.
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Example sentences
The discovery of global warming is a great triumph of two centuries of
  developments in fundamental physics and chemistry.
The irony is that the dangerous dwindling of diversity in our food supply is
  the unanticipated result of an agricultural triumph.
Together they were on the brink of a penultimate triumph.
When she effortlessly opened her mouth, you could hear her pain and triumph.
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