triple crown

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triple crown (plural triple crowns)

  1. The three-tiered tiara formerly worn by Popes.
    • 1997: The last in this series of deaths was that of Pope Eugenius’s successor Anastasius IV, who was succeeded by a man of a very different calibre: Adrian (or Hadrian) IV, the only Englishman ever to wear the Triple Crown. — John Julius Norwich, A Short History of Byzantium (Penguin 1998, p. 281)
  2. (sports) An award representing victory in three events, especially in horse-racing.