trifecta

noun
tri·​fec·​ta | \ trī-ˈfek-tə How to pronounce trifecta (audio) , ˈtrī-ˌfek- \

Definition of trifecta

1 : triple sense 1b achieved a show-business trifecta : a platinum record, hit TV series, and an Oscar
2 : a variation of the perfecta in which a bettor wins by selecting the first three finishers of a race in the correct order of finish

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Where does trifecta come from?

Trifecta is a recent addition to the English language. It first appeared in the early 1970s as a term for a horse-racing bet in which the first, second, and third place finishers are chosen in the correct order.

The word has since broadened in meaning: it can now also refer to a group of three (usually desirable) things (such as “the trifecta of curing cancer, ending hunger, and putting an end to war"). It is found in everything from advertisements to media company names to casual speech.

Trifecta combines the prefix tri- (meaning “three”) with the last element in perfecta, a word of American Spanish origin that refers to a horse-racing bet in which the first- and second-place finishers are chosen correctly.

Examples of trifecta in a Sentence

that summertime trifecta for meteorologically induced misery: hazy, hot, and humid
Recent Examples on the Web Completing the trifecta, the Kansas City Royals called up left-hander Daniel Lynch on Monday to make his MLB debut against Cleveland. Steve Gardner, USA TODAY, 4 May 2021 Bandit BBQ in the Lone Star district already makes a great hamburger alongside its top-tier barbecue, so the Bandit Dog ($8) completes the backyard cookout trifecta. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Apr. 2021 Its computing trifecta of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac were well established in their respective categories and the services business, led by the AppStore, was building momentum. Trefis Team, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Fried, 27, was not a lock for opening day on a superb Braves staff but got the nod last Thursday, completing the Harvard-Westlake trifecta. Los Angeles Times, 31 Mar. 2021 Tuition-reimbursement as a benefit is another employer payment norm, but only works as a bridge for employees who hit the trifecta of: (1) frontline worker; (2) at employer with max. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 The goal is to reduce your dog’s anxiety and this trifecta often helps relax dogs quickly. Cathy M. Rosenthal, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Mar. 2021 Its computing trifecta of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac were well established in their respective categories and the services business, led by the AppStore, was building momentum. Trefis Team, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Joe Biden, with his governing trifecta, is poised to deliver stimulus checks to millions fewer Americans than Donald Trump. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 4 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'trifecta.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of trifecta

1971, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for trifecta

tri- + perfecta

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4 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Trifecta.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trifecta. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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