Definition of hat trick in US English:

hat trick

noun

  • 1Three successes of the same kind, especially consecutive ones within a limited period.

    ‘the band completes the trilogy, making for a dubious musical hat trick’
    • ‘He scored hat-tricks in consecutive league games recently.’
    • ‘Saints were uncertain for a period but then Jeff abbot latched on to a through ball to get his hat trick and give the Saints a 3 goal cushion.’
    • ‘He scored five goals in his first six games and managed three hat-tricks in the second half of the season, ending the campaign with 37 goals - a club record - and the player of the year trophy.’
    • ‘His two goals were excellently taken and he was most unlucky not to score a hat-trick.’
    • ‘Sam Hallas scored twice more to complete his hat-trick and take the man of the match award.’
    1. 1.1 (chiefly in ice hockey or soccer) the scoring of three goals in a game by one player.
      • ‘Calgary audiences loved her last two musical visits so much she's coming back for a hat trick.’
      • ‘It must be noted that since the backboards have been in place, GIS have had a hat trick of victories on the basketball court against other local schools.’
      • ‘Its involvement in motor sport, through international rallying and a hat trick of victories at Le Mans, substantially enhanced its rising image.’
      • ‘The Australian golfing star who in the 1950s won a hat trick of British Opens has collected his thoughts in a new book.’
      • ‘Great Britain will be hoping for a hat trick of golds today to add to the two won in successive days in Athens.’
    2. 1.2 (in cricket) the taking of three wickets by the same bowler with successive balls.
      • ‘In no time Wapper had wickets and was sitting on a hat trick himself.’
      • ‘The match started with Sri Lankan bowler Chaminda Vaas taking a hat trick with the first three balls of the match.’
      • ‘By taking the last two wickets on successive balls he has left himself sitting on a hat trick on his first ball next Saturday.’
      • ‘Next to go was Hall for a golden duck, as the umpire confidently raised his finger for a plum lbw decision, which left Dilger on a hat trick ball at the end of the 21st over.’
      • ‘When Pietersen came to the wicket he barely survived an absolute brute of a ball reared up at him and almost gave McGrath a hat trick.’

Origin

Late 19th century: originally referring to the club presentation of a new hat (or some equivalent) to a bowler taking three wickets successively.