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[trahy-uhm-fuh nt] /traɪˈʌm fənt/
having achieved victory or success; victorious; successful.
exulting over victory; rejoicing over success; exultant.
Archaic. triumphal (def 1).
Obsolete. splendid; magnificent.
Origin of triumphant
1485-95; < Latin triumphant-, stem of triumphāns, present participle of triumphāre to triumph. See triumph, -ant
Related forms
triumphantly, adverb
untriumphant, adjective
untriumphantly, adverb
Can be confused
triumphal, triumphant. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for triumphant
  • The troupe distilled and energized the milieu of anomie, satirizing the lame old regime in a triumphant revolt.
  • If they had got through, it would have been a triumphant breaching of the blockade.
  • But that's not the only thing that's infused into the song's triumphant vibe.
  • The university, however, has sounded a similarly triumphant note.
  • The triumphant reign of pterosaurs ended with this giant flier.
  • It's the one with the triumphant cackling coming from the back room.
  • The reward for a triumphant venture, however, can be in the millions.
  • So, evidently, is this article as can be seen by the accompanying triumphant picture above.
  • The picture shows the tattered but triumphant safe after the would-be-thieves gave up and walked away.
  • Cable and satellite television was a good business going into the recession and is now triumphant.
British Dictionary definitions for triumphant


experiencing or displaying triumph
exultant through triumph
  1. magnificent
  2. triumphal
Derived Forms
triumphantly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for triumphant

late 15c., from Latin triumphantem, present participle of triumphare (see triumph).

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