a type of bet, especially on horse races, in which the bettor must select the first- and second-place finishers in exact order.
a race in which such bets are made.

Nearby words

  1. exacerbate,
  2. exacerbation,
  3. exact,
  4. exact differential,
  5. exact science,
  6. exacting,
  7. exaction,
  8. exactitude,
  9. exactly,
  10. exactness

Compare quinella.

Origin of exacta

1960–65; ellipsis of American Spanish quiniela exacta exact quinella

Also called perfecta.

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Examples from the Web for exacta

  • The description of Lucie, his wife, is exacta very charming woman with beautiful dark hair and eyes.

Word Origin and History for exacta



type of horse-racing bet, 1964, said to have originated in New York; from exact (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper