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

  • intransitive v. To be victorious or successful; win.
  • intransitive v. To rejoice over a success or victory; exult.
  • intransitive v. To receive honors upon return from a victory in ancient Rome. Used of a general.
  • n. The fact of being victorious; victory or conquest. See Synonyms at victory.
  • n. A noteworthy or spectacular success.
  • n. Exultation or rejoicing over victory or success.
  • n. A public celebration in ancient Rome to welcome a returning victorious commander and his army.
  • n. Obsolete A public celebration or spectacular pageant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A conclusive success following an effort, conflict, or confrontation of obstacles; victory; conquest.
  • n. A magnificent and imposing ceremonial performed in honor of a victor.
  • n. Any triumphal procession; a pompous exhibition; a stately show or pageant.
  • n. A state of joy or exultation at success.
  • n. A trump card.
  • n. A card game, also called trump.
  • n. a ceremony held to publicly celebrate and sanctify the military achievement of an army commander
  • v. To prevail over rivals, challenges, or difficulties.
  • v. To succeed, win, or attain ascendancy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A magnificent and imposing ceremonial performed in honor of a general who had gained a decisive victory over a foreign enemy.
  • n. Hence, any triumphal procession; a pompous exhibition; a stately show or pageant.
  • n. A state of joy or exultation for success.
  • n. Success causing exultation; victory; conquest.
  • n. A trump card; also, an old game at cards.
  • intransitive v. To celebrate victory with pomp; to rejoice over success; to exult in an advantage gained; to exhibit exultation.
  • intransitive v. To obtain victory; to be successful; to prevail.
  • intransitive v. To be prosperous; to flourish.
  • intransitive v. To play a trump card.
  • transitive v. To obtain a victory over; to prevail over; to conquer. Also, to cause to triumph.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To enjoy a triumph, as a victorious general; ride in a triumph; celebrate successful achievement.
  • To gain a victory; achieve success; prevail.
  • To rejoice for victory; exult or boast.
  • To take a trick; trump.
  • To shine forth; make a brilliant show.
  • To succeed in overcoming; prevail over; subdue; conquer.
  • To cause to triumph; give victory to.
  • To exult over; boast over.
  • n. In Roman antiquity, a procession and religious ceremony in honor of a victory and the victorious leader.
  • n. A public festivity or display of any kind, as an exhibition of masks; a tournament, stately procession, or pageant; a spectacle.
  • n. The state of being victorious; the flush of victory.
  • n. Successful enterprise or consummation; achievement; conquest.
  • n. Joy or exultation for success; great gladness; rejoicing.
  • n. A card of a suit which outranks all others; a trump. See trump, 1.
  • n. An old game of cards, from which whist is probably derived; trump. See ruff and trump, 2.
  • n. See the quotation and tarot.
  • n. Synonyms Joy, Delight, etc. (see gladness), jubilee, jubilation.

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

  • v. be ecstatic with joy
  • v. prove superior
  • n. the exultation of victory
  • n. a successful ending of a struggle or contest
  • v. dwell on with satisfaction
  • v. to express great joy


Middle English triomfen, from Old French triumpher, from Latin triumphāre, from triumphus, triumph, from earlier triumpus, ultimately (probably via Etruscan) from Greek thriambos, hymn to Dionysus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French triumphe, from Latin triumphus ("triumphal procession"), ultimately from Ancient Greek θρίαμβος (thriambos, "thriambus"). (Wiktionary)
From Latin triumphō. (Wiktionary)



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