Definition of trifecta in US English:



North American, NZ, Australian
  • 1A bet in which the person betting forecasts the first three finishers in a race in the correct order.

    • ‘As well as win, place, or show bets, the player can also choose from the daily double, the quiniela, the perfecta, the trifecta, or the superfecta.’
    • ‘There might just be a killer exacta or trifecta waiting for you.’
    • ‘Too often, exactas, trifectas, and superfectas are influenced by jockeys who can't win the race and decide to stop riding in the final few strides.’
    • ‘Wagering will include win, exacta, trifecta, and daily double formats and will be offered starting Saturday and ending on opening day at 1 p.m., EDT.’
    • ‘Vertical and horizontal wagers such as trifectas, superfectas, pick threes, and pick fours should be in $1 pay-offs.’
    • ‘In addition to this type of bet, win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, and superfecta wagering will be offered on each of the 12 races on the card, along with rolling pick three and daily double wagers.’
    • ‘Professionals don't completely eschew the standard win and place bet, but their focus is overwhelmingly on the exotic bets, especially trifectas.’
    • ‘Her scratch from the Great State Challenge Distaff also left just four horses in the race, which canceled both show and trifecta wagering in that race and put Sam Houston in danger of taking another hit with a minus place pool.’
    • ‘Win, exacta, and trifecta wagering is available through our telephone wagering network and all Connecticut outlets.’
    • ‘The company took bets from the eight-race card of just one track, Lingfield Park, and offered five different bets, including win, place, exacta, and trifecta.’
    • ‘Waiting for exacta, trifecta, pick three, and other complex bets hurts the dissemination of win odds information, Scherf said.’
    • ‘The takeout rate will be lowered from 19% to 16% on daily double, exacta, trifecta, superfecta, and pick three wagering.’
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    1. 1.1in singular A run of three wins or grand events.
      ‘today is a trifecta of birthdays’
      • ‘This week we provide a trifecta for today's Melbourne Cup.’
      • ‘It should be clear by now that Jackson has been royally twisted by the trifecta of supernova fame, seemingly unlimited cash, and a profound loneliness - none of which he asked for.’
      • ‘After being inserted into the lineup with four minutes remaining in the half, White promptly nailed a trifecta of three pointers to lead the team with nine points at the half.’
      • ‘Pierce broke free from the shopping monotony of the holiday season to score 42 points, yank down 14 boards, drain 4 trifectas and swipe 4 balls.’
      • ‘After 27 rounds of the finals without a winner, little Natasha hits the trifecta - quarrel, column and knapsack.’
      • ‘The Sixers grabbed the lead for the first time just seconds earlier on a rare trifecta by a wide-open Eric Snow.’
      • ‘There's a trifecta of possible landing sites tomorrow.’
      • ‘However, the Wizard was a scoring machine, piling up the points with a filthy array of finger rolls, dunks and trifectas that the Kings had no answer for…’
      • ‘He was raining in trifectas like nobody's business yesterday.’
      • ‘I don't think anyone predicted a Greece-Germany-France trifecta.’
      • ‘There are 12 states with Republican trifectas - control of both legislative houses and the governor's seat, enabling clear paths to legislation and redistricting.’
      • ‘Jasikevicius had a 12-point fourth quarter highlighted by a rare 4-point play that was quickly followed by two more trifectas in the next two trips down the floor - resulting in a late lead that Lithuania never relinquished.’
      • ‘Redd banged home 6 of 8 trifectas on his way to 35 points, while Sam Cassell went triple-dipping with 39, 10 and 10 despite a bad hip.’
      • ‘Anyway, James went out last night and proved why he's the most coveted player in all the land by dropping an even 50 points and stroking a school-record 11 trifectas before sitting out the final six minutes.’
      • ‘The 15 trifectas was a school record and the fifth highest ever in a game at the Dance.’
      • ‘Houston's counterpart in the game, Ray Allen, had his best performance of the season scoring 37 and hitting 8 trifectas.’
      • ‘Any team that relentlessly jacks up trifectas even as it sinks one of every four boasts a confidence that borders on hubris.’
      • ‘And that should make the Pats' pursuit of the ultimate trifecta - three straight Super Bowl victories - one of pro football's best story lines ever this coming season.’


1970s: from tri- ‘three’ + perfecta.