[ ig-zak-tuh ]
/ ɪgˈzæk tə /


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.
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