Definition of triumph noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtraɪʌmf//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtraɪʌmf//
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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a great success, achievement or victory one of the greatest triumphs of modern science triumph over somebody/something It was a personal triumph over her old rival.
  2. 2[uncountable] the feeling of great satisfaction or joy that you get from a great success or victory a shout of triumph The winning team returned home in triumph. ‘I’ve done it,’ she thought with a sweet sense of triumph.
  3. 3[singular] a triumph (of something) an excellent example of how successful something can be Her arrest was a triumph of international cooperation.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French triumphe (noun), from Latin triump(h)us, probably from Greek thriambos ‘hymn to Bacchus’ (the Greek god). Current senses of the verb date from the early 16th cent.Extra examples Her victory was hailed as a triumph over adversity. Hollywood’s favourite actor was modest about his latest triumph. The leading runner raised his arms in triumph. The match was a personal triumph for Rivaldo. The team enjoyed a memorable triumph last night. The union scored a triumph in negotiating a minimum wage within the industry. They hailed the signing of the agreement as a major diplomatic triumph. This result represents a personal triumph for the party leader. This was her moment of triumph. the triumph of the human spirit their recent triumph against Brazil their triumph in the general election triumph against seemingly insuperable odds He described the discovery as one of the greatest triumphs of modern science. The birth of the red panda cub is being hailed as a triumph for the zoo’s breeding programme.
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