1. a type of bet, especially on horse races, in which the bettor must select the first three finishers in exact order.
  2. a race in which such bets are made.Compare superfecta.

Origin of trifecta

First recorded in 1970–75; tri- + (per)fecta
Also called triple. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for trifecta

Contemporary Examples of trifecta

British Dictionary definitions for trifecta


  1. a form of betting in which the punter selects the first three place-winners in a horse race in the correct order
  2. any achievement involving three successful outcomes

Word Origin for trifecta

from tri- + (per) fecta, a US system of betting
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for trifecta

1974, from tri- + perfecta.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper