Definition of triple crown in US English:

triple crown

noun

  • 1An award or honor for winning a group of three important events in a sport, in particular victory by one horse in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes.

    • ‘There probably won't be a Triple Crown winner in the majors this season, but a few players have a chance in the minors.’
    • ‘Based on their strong starts, seven players have a chance to make a run at the Triple Crown this season.’
    • ‘At international level the national side had its best season since the glory Triple Crown days of the 1980s and at European and Celtic League levels, the Irish provinces are feared.’
    • ‘And within two seasons of winning a Triple Crown in 1985, he had become ostracised by the decision-making core among the players.’
    • ‘The Breeder's Cup, not the Triple Crown, is the sport's true golden ring.’
  • 2The papal tiara.

    • ‘The pope is most often depicted in art wearing his crown, the Tiara, called the triple crown.’
    • ‘The art book ‘Treasures of the Vatican’ has a photograph of this statue wearing vestments of gold and scarlet, and a gold triple crown that is studded with large jewels.’

Pronunciation

triple crown

/trɪplˈkraʊn/