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1. an enthusiastic public reception of a person, marked esp. by loud and prolonged applause.
2. Rom. Hist.the ceremonial entrance into Rome of a commander whose victories were of a lesser degree of importance than that for which a triumph was accorded. Cf. triumph (def. 4).
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