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[trahy-fek-tuh] /ˈtraɪˌfɛk tə/
a type of bet, especially on horse races, in which the bettor must select the first three finishers in exact order.
a race in which such bets are made.
Compare superfecta.
Also called triple.
Origin of trifecta
1970-75; tri- + (per)fecta Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for trifecta


a form of betting in which the punter selects the first three place-winners in a horse race in the correct order
any achievement involving three successful outcomes
Word Origin
from tri- + (per)fecta, a US system of betting
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Word Origin and History for trifecta

1974, from tri- + perfecta.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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