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triumphal arch

noun
1.
a monumental archway, often erected in permanent materials as a commemorative structure, straddling the line of march of a victorious army during a triumphal procession.
2.
an architectural motif resembling in its composition an ancient Roman triumphal arch, having one high central archway flanked by side elements composed of lower arches, compartments, bas-reliefs, etc., the whole usually adorned by a huge order.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50
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British Dictionary definitions for triumphal-arch

triumphal arch

noun
1.
an arch built to commemorate a victory
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