- ☆ Baseball the distinction of leading a league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in, for a single season
- ☆ Horse Racing the distinction of winning the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the Belmont Stakes in the same year
Origin of Triple Crown; from crown ()
- Sports An unofficial championship title attained by a horse that wins the three traditional races for a specified category.
- Baseball An unofficial championship title achieved by a player who is at the head of the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in.
(plural triple crowns)
- 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 (Hadrian) IV, the only Englishman ever to wear the Triple Crown. — John Julius Norwich, A Short History of Byzantium (Penguin 1998, p. 281)
- (sports) An award representing victory in three events, especially in horse-racing.
(plural Triple Crowns)
- (baseball) The feat of leading one's league in three key statistical categories—batting average, home runs, and RBI for hitters; wins, strikeouts, and ERA for pitchers
- (golf) The three grandest or oldest open championships of the year
- (in men's golf) The U.S. Open, British Open, Canadian Open
- (horse racing, US) The three greatest thoroughbred races of the year restricted to three-year-olds: the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes
- (horse racing, UK) The three greatest thoroughbred races of the year restricted to three-year-olds: the 2,000 Guineas Stakes, Derby Stakes (aka "Epsom Derby"), and St. Leger Stakes
- (horse racing, Canada) The three greatest thoroughbred races of the year restricted to three-year-olds: the Queen's Plate, Prince of Wales Stakes, and Breeders' Stakes
- (rugby) Victory by one of the Home Nations — England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales — over the other three in the annual Six Nations Championship.