Definition of perfecta in English:



North American
  • A bet in which the first two places in a race must be predicted in the correct order.

    Compare with quinella
    • ‘I remember winning a $10 perfecta at Fairmont Grounds.’
    • ‘As well as win, place, or show bets, the dog player can also choose from the daily double, the quiniela, the perfecta, the trifecta, or the superfecta.’
    • ‘Be aware that the vast majority of professional handicappers tend to garner their best returns from the perfecta / exacta and trifecta pools.’
    wager, stake, gamble, ante
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1970s: from Latin American Spanish quiniela perfecta ‘perfect quinella’.