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TRI'UMPH, n. [Fr. triomphe; It. trionfo; Sp. triunfo; L. triumphus; Gr. θριαμβος.]

  1. Among the ancient Romans, a pompous ceremony performed in honor of a victorious general, who was allowed to enter the city crowned, originally with laurel, but in later times with gold, bearing a truncheon in one hand and a branch of laurel in the other, riding in a chariot drawn by two white horses, and followed by the kings, princes, and generals whom he had vanquished, loaded with chains and insulted by mimics and buffoons. The triumph was of two kinds, the greater and the less. The lesser triumph was granted for a victory over enemies of less considerable power, and was called an ovation.
  2. State of being victorious. Hercules from Spain / Arriv'd in triumph, from Geryon slain. Dryden.
  3. Victory; conquest. The vain coquets the trifling triumphs boast. Logie.
  4. Joy or exultation for success. Great triumph and rejoicing was in heav'n. Milton.
  5. A card that takes all others; now written trump, – which see.

TRI'UMPH, v.i.

  1. To celebrate victory with pomp; to rejoice for victory. How long shall the wicked triumph? Ps. xciv.
  2. To obtain victory. There fix thy faith, and triumph o'er the world. Rowe. Attir'd with stars, we shall forever sit / Triumphing over death. Milton.
  3. To insult upon an advantage gained. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Ps. xxv. Sorrow on all the pack of you / That triumph thus upon my misery. Shak.
  4. To be prosperous; to flourish. Where commerce triumph'd on the favoring gales. Trumbull. To triumph over, to succeed in overcoming; to surmount; as, to triumph over all obstacles.

TRI-UMPH'AL, a. [Fr. from L. triumphalis.]

Pertaining to triumph; used in a triumph; as, a triumphal crown or car; a triumphal arch. Pope. Swift.


A token of victory. Milton.

TRI-UMPH'ANT, a. [L. triumphans.]

  1. Celebrating victory; as, a triumphant chariot. South.
  2. Rejoicing as for victory. Successful beyond hope to lead you forth / Triumphant out of this infernal pit. Milton.
  3. Victorious; graced with conquest. So shall it be in the church triumphant. Perkins. Athena, war's triumphant maid. Pope.
  4. Celebrating victory; expressing joy for success; as, a triumphant song.


  1. In a triumphant manner; with the joy and exultation that proceeds from victory or success. Through armed ranks triumphantly she drives. Glanville.
  2. Victoriously; with success. Triumphantly tread on thy country's ruin. Shak.
  3. With insolent exultation. South.


  1. One who triumphs or rejoices for victory; one who vanquishes.
  2. One who was honored with a triumph in Rome. Peacham.


Celebrating victory with pomp; vanquishing; rejoicing for victory; insulting on an advantage.

TRI'UM-VIR, n. [L. tres, three, and vir, man.]

One of three men united in office. The triumvirs, L. triumviri, of Rome, were three men who jointly obtained the sovereign power in Rome. The first of these were Cesar, Crassus and Pompey.


  1. A coalition of three men; particularly, the union of three men who obtained the government of the Roman empire.
  2. Government by three men in coalition.

TRI'UNE, a. [L. tres and unus.]

Three in one; an epithet applied to God, to express the unity of the Godhead in a trinity of persons. Cyc.




Three-valved; having three valves.


A truant. Burton.

TRI-VERB'I-AL, a. [L. triverbium.]

Triverbial days, in the Roman calendar, were juridical or court days, days allowed to the pretor for hearing causes; I called also dies fasti. Thero were only twenty-eight in the year. Cyc.


A three-legged stool. [See Trend.]

TRIV'I-AL, a. [Fr. from L. trivalis; probably from the Gr. τριβω, L. tero, trivi, to wear, or from trivium, a highway.]

  1. Trifling; of little worth or importance; inconsiderable; as, a trivial subject; a trivial affair. Dryden. Pope.
  2. Worthless; vulgar. Roscommon. Trivial name, in natural history, the name for the species, which added to the generic name forms the complete denomination of the plant; the specific name. Thus in Lathyrus aphaca, Lathyrus is the generic name, and aphaca the trivial or specific name, and the two combined form the complete denomination of the plant. Linnæus at first applied the phrase specific name to the essential character of the species, now called the specific definition or difference; but it is now applied solely to the trivial name. Martyn. Cyc.


Trivialness. [Not much used.]

TRIV'I-AL-LY, adv.

  1. Commonly; vulgarly.
  2. Lightly; inconsiderably; in a trifling degree.


  1. Commonness.
  2. Lightness; unimportance.


The cry of a buck in rutting time.

TROAT, v.i.

To cry, as a buck in rutting time. Dict.

TRO-CAR', n. [Fr. un trois quart, expressive of its triangular point.]

A surgical instrument for tapping dropsical persons and the like.

TRO-CHA'IC, or TRO-CHA'IC-AL, a. [See Trochee.]

In poetry, consisting of trochees; as, trochaic measure or verse.

TRO-CHAN'TER, n. [Gr. τροχαντηρ.]

In anatomy, the trochanters are two processes of the thighbone, called major and minor, the major on the outside, and the minor on the inside. Coxe. Cyc.