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
The quinella payoff made up for the losing streak he had earlier in the day.
An example of a quinella is betting which two horses will first finish in a race.
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.