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From tri- +‎ (per)fecta.


  • IPA(key): /tɹaɪˈfɛktə/
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trifecta (plural trifectas)

  1. (US, Australia, New Zealand) A bet in which the bettor must select the first three placegetters of a race in the order in which they finish.
    • 2006, Vincent Conti, Thoroughbred Horse Racing Systems and Methodologies, page 9,
      The conservative player will play the exacta box bet and the occasional trifecta box wager.
    • 2010, Leonard A. Asimow, Mark M. Maxwell, Probability and Statistics with Applications: A Problem Solving Text, page 10,
      In a trifecta, you must wager on three horses: the one that finishes first (win), the one that finishes second (place), and the one that finishes third (show) in order.
  2. (US, Australia, New Zealand) The attainment of three important achievements, qualities, etc.
  3. (US, Australia, New Zealand, by extension) A set of three related things, often things that cause problems.
  4. (US politics) The complete legislative and executive control of state government by one party: governorship, the upper house, and the lower house of state legislatures. The party that holds all three positions of power is said to have a trifecta.
  5. (US politics) Control by one party of the federal government: the presidency and both houses of Congress.

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trifecta f (plural trifectas)

  1. trifecta