Definition of trifecta
1 : triple 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
Examples of trifecta in a Sentence
that summertime trifecta for meteorologically induced misery: hazy, hot, and humid
Recent Examples of trifecta from the Web
Rounding out our trifecta of trade deadline candidates is ...
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The trifecta could come shortly: Next week, Uber is set to release to the public the results of an exhaustive internal inquiry carried out by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Lake Stevens sophomore Taylor Roe, who won the 4A 1,600-meter title Thursday, added the 800 and the 3,200 on Saturday to complete the rare trifecta of distance events.
Now the three cadets are preparing to fling their caps together at graduation this month, marking a rare fraternal trifecta at this storied academy.
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The Eagles are trying to complete the trifecta this week.
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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.
Origin and Etymology of trifecta
tri- + perfecta
First Known Use: 1971See Words from the same year
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