\trī-ˈfek-tə, ˈtrī-ˌ\

  • 1 : a variation of the perfecta in whicha bettor wins by selecting the firstthree finishers of a race in the correctorder of finish
  • 2 : triple 1b <achieved a show-business trifecta: a platinum record, hit TV series, and an Oscar>


  • that summertime trifecta formeteorologically induced misery:hazy, hot, and humid

Origin: tri- + perfecta.
First use: 1974

Synonyms: triad, threesome, trinity,trio, triple, triplet, triumvirate

From Merriam-Webster Dictionary Online