Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or having the nature of a triumph.
  • adj. Celebrating or commemorating a victory or triumph: a triumphal arch; a triumphal ode.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. of, relating to, or being a triumph
  • adj. that celebrates or commemorates a triumph or victory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to triumph; used in a triumph; indicating, or in honor of, a triumph or victory.
  • n. A token of victory.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to triumph; commemorating or used in celebrating a triumph or victory: as, a triumphal crown or car; a triumphal march.
  • n. A token of victory.
  • n. An ode or song in celebration of victory or of peace; a pæan; a hymn of rejoicing.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. joyful and proud especially because of triumph or success
  • adj. relating to or celebrating a triumph

Etymologies

triumph +‎ -al (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They saw advancing towards them, to the sound of this pleasing music, what they call a triumphal car, drawn by six grey mules with white linen housings, on each of which was mounted a penitent, robed also in white, with a large lighted wax taper in his hand.

    Don Quixote

  • “Even when the queen came here,” Victor told me, striking a certain triumphal tone, “before the Troubles started, my father got arrested and put away for a couple of days to make sure no harm came to the queen.”

    Double Blind

  • And if you have accepted the addresses of a deserving man, do behave sensibly and honorably, and not lead him about as if in triumphal chains, nor take advantage of his love by playing with his feelings.

    A Manual of Etiquette with Hints on Politeness and Good Breeding

  • While the solid branches were reserved for the construction of the booths, the lighter branches were carried by men, who marched in triumphal procession, singing psalms and crying "Hosanna!" which signifies, "Save, we beseech thee!"

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • His days there could only have been called triumphal.

    The Prize

  • From Egypt, Roosevelt crossed to Naples, and then began what must be described as a triumphal progress through Central and Western Europe.

    Theodore Roosevelt An Intimate Biography

  • The bells were rung, and a hideous object of brushwood and bunting, that looked like the work of a bower-bird, was erected in the road, and called a triumphal arch.

    Watersprings

  • His entry might almost be called a triumphal one, for the people of Rome were so grateful for the restoration of their treasures that they expressed their joy in demonstrations to Canova.

    A History of Art for Beginners and Students Painting, Sculpture, Architecture

  • Palm Sunday processions were held in several localities in Malta - and around the Catholic world - today, recalling the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem, preceding his arrest and crucifixion.

    timesofmalta.com

  • Yesterday, people waved palm branches to recall the triumphal entry of a different kind of King, into an adoring crowd that will soon turn on him.

    The Corner

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