An example of a quinella is betting which two horses will first finish in a race.
Origin of quinellaAmerican Spanish quiniela, origin, originally a ball game with five players (later a wager or combination of wagers on the scores of the players; hence any wager against the house) ; from quina, five (on dice) ; from Classical Latin quini, five each ; from quinque, five
Origin of quinellaAmerican Spanish quiniela, diminutive of Spanish quina, keno, from French quine; see keno.
- (gambling, horse racing) A form of bet in which the bettor predicts the first two finishers in a race, without concern for the order of finishing.
(third-person singular simple present quinellas, present participle quinellaing, simple past and past participle quinellaed)
- (Australia, New Zealand) To have two team members, horses, etc., finish first and second in the same event.
From American Spanish quiniela (“sporting bet or pool"); US from 1942.