Triple Crown


: an unofficial title in horse racing representing the championship achieved by a horse that wins the three classic races for a designated category
: the unofficial title signifying the achievement of a baseball player who at the end of a season leads the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in
often not capitalized : a set of three noteworthy awards, wins, or achievements in a particular field

Examples of Triple Crown in a Sentence

a horse that won the first leg of the Triple Crown Who was the last player to win the Triple Crown in the American League?
Recent Examples on the Web The role of favorite at 3-1 in the 1 1/4-mile race has been assumed by Arabian Knight, a 3-year-old who missed the Triple Crown races and has won three of four lifetime starts, including the Pacific Classic. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 Continue reading here Kings box score NHL scores and box scores NHL standings THIS DATE IN SPORTS 1920 — In the final race of his career, 3-year-old Man O War defeats 1919 Triple Crown winner Sir Barton in a match race, the Kenilworth Park Gold Cup. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2023 An Arizona native whose main residence is now in the Los Angeles area, Baffert is best known for training American Pharoah, who in 2015 became the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Sep. 2023 Frank Robinson, the Orioles’ first Black star, led the league in batting average, home runs and RBI to win baseball’s Triple Crown. Gary Gately, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2023 Closing out the evening was a celebration for ACM Triple Crown winner Chris Stapleton. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 18 Sep. 2023 The celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas recently retooled her Triple Crown Royale Facial to boost its jaw-refining capabilities. Mattie Kahn, Vogue, 30 Aug. 2023 But the race, which was only the fourth time the three Triple Crown winners have raced in the Travers, turned out to be all about Arcangelo, the winner. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2023 The Oklahoma City native won the Sun Belt pitching Triple Crown as a junior in 2015 with a 10-0 record, 1.73 ERA and 107 strikeouts. Creg Stephenson |, al, 16 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Triple Crown was circa 1897

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“Triple Crown.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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