Definition of triumphal in English:

triumphal

adjective

  • Made, carried out, or used in celebration of a great victory or achievement.

    ‘a vast triumphal arch’
    ‘a triumphal procession’
    • ‘The triumphal arch was to span a distance of 285 feet and rise 325 feet, dwarfing the Eiffel Tower.’
    • ‘The scale of the triumphal arch is gargantuan and this is reinforced by its highly simplified architectural detail.’
    • ‘Now while that celebration was deserved, if a little gauche and overly triumphal, the reasons for it must be analysed.’
    • ‘The Corinthia consists of two curving towers, one slightly taller than the other, linked by a cavernous reception area topped by a triumphal arch.’
    • ‘Towering over the remote monastery at Masham there was even a triumphal column celebrating not the victories of kings but of Christ and his saints.’
    • ‘The following day, de Gaulle staged a triumphal procession which confirmed his position as liberator and leader of France.’
    • ‘The twenty-kilometre journey from Sandwich to Canterbury became a triumphal procession.’
    • ‘Rome also had numerous triumphal arches constructed throughout the city to celebrate military victories.’
    • ‘And before the triumphal lunch of the following day is even contemplated, there is Christmas Eve supper to produce.’
    • ‘It almost surely will not end with a triumphal celebration, like VE Day and VJ Day in 1945.’
    • ‘His successes are commemorated in a number of grandiose effigies, triumphal arches, vast frescoes and victory columns.’
    • ‘But, a hundred years after Amundsen, the journey ended without a triumphal on-ice celebration.’
    • ‘These panels recall the painted versions of battles that Roman generals carried in triumphal processions.’
    • ‘In the famous triumphal procession the chorus sings ‘Gloria’ with faces totally devoid of expression.’
    • ‘Remnants of the city's forum, basilica, temple, ramparts, oil mills and a huge triumphal arch are well preserved.’
    • ‘In August, Philip visited Poitiers in a triumphal procession.’
    • ‘In place of the usual triumphal victory speeches and photo-calls, the two candidates issued only brief statements.’
    • ‘I was always revolted by that triumphal sense of an achieved empire - to me it was appalling.’
    • ‘The triumphal arch is used to honour the victorious military leader, and the arch of brotherhood is used to symbolise unity, equality and protection.’
    • ‘The answer lies not in the fact that he led a triumphal life but rather that at one particular pivot point in history he was there and did what was right.’
    overjoyed, exultant, triumphant, joyful, jumping for joy, rejoicing, cock-a-hoop, exuberant, elated, thrilled, gleeful, euphoric, ecstatic, beside oneself with happiness, enraptured, in raptures, rhapsodic, transported, walking on air, in seventh heaven, on cloud nine
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Usage

On the differences in use of triumphal and triumphant, see triumphant

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French triumphal or Latin triumphalis, from triump(h)us (see triumph).

Pronunciation

triumphal

/traɪˈəmfəl//trīˈəmfəl/