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[per-fek-tuh] /pərˈfɛk tə/
Origin of perfecta
1965-70; ellipsis of American Spanish quiniela perfecta perfect quinella Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The hundredth night he gave when perfecta was starring was town talk.

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  • perfecta does not wish this matter to be spoken of, and she becomes greatly distressed whenever I allude to it.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • Poor perfecta speaks frequently of this cloud, which is growing blacker and blacker, while she becomes every day more yellow.

    Dona Perfecta B. Perez Galdos
  • A las ocho de la maana un teniente coronel de caballera25 entr con su cdula en casa de doa perfecta Polentinos.

    Doa Perfecta Benito Prez Galds
  • perfecta no quiere que se hable de este asunto, y se aflige mucho siempre que lo tomo en boca.

    Doa Perfecta Benito Prez Galds
  • perfecta charitas foras mittit timorem: a lover feareth not, but rejoiceth at the approach of the beloved.

Word Origin and History for perfecta

1971, from American Spanish perfecta, shortened from quiniela perfecta "perfect quiniela," a bet in horseracing (see quinella).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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