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

: one that bets

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Going into the series and despite a turbulent season, the Lakers were gigantic favorites at minus-700 — meaning a bettor would have to put down $700 to win $100. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Detroit Pistons complete '5-game sweep' of Shaq-Kobe Lakers, 16 years ago," 15 June 2020 Matthew Shelby, a spokesperson, confirmed that the lottery did not reach the bettor directly. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Lottery sports gambling app under fire amid shifting odds," 11 June 2020 The Pistons and Lakers split mid-November games, but nobody gave the Pistons a chance in the Finals — the Lakers were minus-700 favorites, meaning a bettor would have to put down $700 to win $100. Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons flat-out better than Lakers in 2004. They proved it in Game 1 of NBA Finals," 6 June 2020 The bettor videotaped the transaction and backed out of the bet because the odds were unfavorable. oregonlive, "Canzano: Oregon Lottery sports gambling app under fire amid shifting odds," 11 June 2020 Since late April, Jennifer Boswell has been to at least seven states, finding new homes for the more than 800 greyhounds that used to thrill and frustrate tense bettors at the Birmingham Race Course. William Thornton |, al, "Finding new homes for Birmingham Race Course’s greyhounds," 3 June 2020 Major backers included casinos and sports leagues, and proponents argued that failing to legalize something would just send bettors to other states. Evan Macdonald, cleveland, "While you were sheltering: Sherwin-Williams HQ, ‘Picasso and Paper,’ gun reform and more news you might have missed during the coronavirus crisis," 21 May 2020 And while races will take place for the foreseeable future with no fans in the stands, that didn't stop bettors from getting in on the action from home. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "No fans, no problem: Churchill Downs opening weekend bets skyrocket amid coronavirus," 18 May 2020 Among other things, this should tell bettors that adding three points to the home team’s line might be extreme. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Los Angeles’ shutdown could land the Dallas Cowboys an extra home game," 15 May 2020

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First Known Use of bettor

1616, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bettor was in 1616

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29 Jun 2020

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“Bettor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bettor

: a person who makes a bet


variants: or better \ ˈbe-​tər \

Kids Definition of bettor

: someone that bets

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