book·​mak·​er | \ˈbu̇k-ˌmā-kər \

Definition of bookmaker 

1 : a printer, binder, or designer of books

2 : a person who determines odds and receives and pays off bets

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bookmaking \ˈbu̇k-​ˌmā-​kiŋ \ noun

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According to The Independent, British bookmakers have already taken more than a quarter of a million pounds of bets on the main event’s outcome. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "KSI vs. Logan Paul: how to watch ‘the biggest event in internet history’ live," 24 Aug. 2018 Richard Palmer, the royal correspondent for the Daily Express, reported that a British bookmaker had reduced the odds of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex's first child being born in 2019 to 1-4. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why People Are Jumping to Conclusions About Meghan Markle and Zika Right Now," 13 Sep. 2018 Luis Enrique, Roberto Martinez, Michel, Rafael Benitez and Quique Sanchez Flores are among the options fancied by bookmakers., "Jose Molina Named New RFEF Sporting Director as Spain Prepare to Announce New Coach," 9 July 2018 This game is rated basically a tossup by bookmakers, although Uruguay is a very slight favorite. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Edinson Cavani Uses His Head, and Foot, as Uruguay Ousts Portugal," 1 July 2018 In Britain, where people can bet on nearly anything, bookmakers take in their biggest hauls for sporting events, such as soccer matches and horse races. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Britain’s newest prince gets a name: Louis Arthur Charles," 27 Apr. 2018 Across the bay, bookmakers don’t view the Oakland A’s as having a realistic shot at winning the World Series. Michael Shapiro, San Francisco Chronicle, "Vegas bookmaker doesn’t have high hopes for Giants or A’s," 19 Mar. 2018 Chestnut was a favorite in sports betting circles to win another mustard belt, as bookmakers told ESPN more than $1 million was bet on the annual eating contest across the offshore sportsbook industry. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Joey Chestnut downs 64 hot dogs for his 11th win in Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest," 4 July 2018 Williams is the second favorite of most bookmakers. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times, "Serena Williams, 183rd in World, Gets No. 25 Seed at Wimbledon," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of bookmaker

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bookmaker

: a person who decides how likely it is that an event will occur (such as the winning of a race by a particular horse) and receives and pays off bets about it


book·​mak·​er | \ˈbu̇k-ˌmā-kər \

Legal Definition of bookmaker 

: a person who determines odds and receives and pays off bets

called also bookie

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