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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Some of Bleacher Report’s shows also cater to sports bettors, an audience that is expected to grow dramatically after the Supreme Court ruled last year that elements of a law banning sports gambling were unconstitutional. Lee Harris, WSJ, "Bleacher Report to Launch Three NFL-Focused Shows," 27 June 2019 PropSwap is basically a hedge company that allows bettors to trade potentially winning bets to avoid risk. Ed Barkowitz,, "Sports betting: Gladys Knight and some of the zany things that happened in the last year," 4 June 2019 As noted on many bettor websites, Bobby, Joe Amabile, and John Schneider had the worst chances of ending up on top — but now, Bobby is looking to prove them all wrong. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Bobby Bones Says the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Judges Don’t Want Him to Win Tonight," 19 Nov. 2018 With the race serving as the start of the day’s Pick 6, the other nine horses were taken back out of the gate and the jockeys dismounted while bettors were given time to change their picks. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Trainer Sadler poised for big stakes weekend at Del Mar," 19 July 2019 While Amazon has vowed that it'll be better prepared when Prime Day kicks off on Monday, pessimists will find an outlet for their skepticism: an online bettor that's taking wagers on whether the site will once again go down. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Amazon Prime Day 2019: Now you can bet on a site outage," 12 July 2019 At 10-1 when the gates open after a late lengthening of his betting odds, Sir Winston was behind 8-5 Tacitus, 7-2 War of Will and 6-1 Intrepid Heart in the judgment of bettors, who also had Bourbon War and Spinoff at 10-1 in the 10-horse field. Mark Inabinett |,, "Belmont Stakes 2019: Results, payouts, order of finish," 8 June 2019 His operation got into trouble when one associate said his bettors still owed him about $116,000. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Your Neighborhood Sports Bookie Isn’t Going Anywhere," 26 June 2018 When Las Vegas oddsmakers released their early win totals for the 2019 college football regular season a few weeks ago, smart bettors couldn’t get to the window fast enough to place a bet on Alabama. Creg Stephenson |, al, " All-Access: Alabama’s updated 2019 over/under win total no longer a ‘free roll’," 9 July 2019

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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


variants: or better \ ˈbe-​tər \

Kids Definition of bettor

: someone that bets

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