bet·​tor | \ ˈbe-tər How to pronounce bettor (audio) \
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Definition of bettor

: one that bets

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Synonyms for bettor


gambler, gamester, punter [chiefly British], wagerer

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Examples of bettor in a Sentence

Thousands of bettors were at the race track last weekend. bettors on the horse race have to place their bets at least 20 minutes before the start of the race

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Gambling here is, in a word, ubiquitous, and the only limit for bettors is their imagination. Tariq Panja, New York Times, "Is Britain the Future of U.S. Sports Betting?," 14 May 2018 His defection is a minor blow for serious bettors, because of the name he was expected to be over-bet in the Derby thus raising the odds of the horses that have a legit shot to win. John Cherwa,, "Racing! Enjoy our new special Kentucky Derby video report from XBTV," 26 Apr. 2018 What's more, critics largely agree with bettors that the trophy will go to Rami. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See If Your 2019 Oscars Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 23 Feb. 2019 Not a single bettor predicted Princess Eugenie's name before her birth in 1990, the Los Angeles Times reported. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "All of the Royal Baby Names Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Might Choose," 22 Mar. 2019 At 2-to-3 odds, a winning bettor investing $1 would profit 66 cents. David K. Li, Fox News, "Bookies place odds on identity of anonymous author of NY Times op-ed," 6 Sep. 2018 Just like a bettor with cash riding on Derby winner Justify in Saturday’s Preakness, there's real money on the line. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Like Preakness bettors, 401k owners have cash on line in Apple's race to $1 trillion value," 17 May 2018 The category is full of top-notch contenders this year, but Vegas bettors have their money on two films — A Star Is Born and If Beale Street Could Talk. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "See if Your 2019 Golden Globe Predictions Match Up With the Projected Winners," 5 Jan. 2019 This new future is easily imagined: A bettor will have an eye on the harness race at the track, another on a big race in Saratoga, a phone streaming MLB action (wifi is free) and a TV set to the NFL. Jeremy Fuchs,, "After Winning Its Sports Betting Battle, New Jersey Is Ready to Flip the Switch," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of bettor

1616, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of bettor

: a person who makes a bet


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Kids Definition of bettor

: someone that bets

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