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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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 At first, bookmakers believed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were welcoming a girl, with possible names Alice and Mary landing in the lead. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Royal Baby's Name Was Just Announced and It's As Regal As You Expected," 27 Apr. 2018 The ruling striking down a federal ban on sports betting has been viewed as a threat to the future of an underground market run by local bookmakers and offshore websites. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Your Neighborhood Sports Bookie Isn’t Going Anywhere," 26 June 2018 The Queen's choice of color was predicted by British bookmakers earlier this week. Tamara Abraham, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Queen Arrives at the Royal Wedding Wearing Stewart Parvin," 19 May 2018 Fans can place bets with offshore bookmakers and gamble on their favourite players in fantasy sports leagues, which received a legal exemption in 2006 and handle about $3bn in entry fees a year. The Economist, "The Supreme Court lets Americans lose money in a new way," 17 May 2018 Boston is a slight favorite, with one bookmaker calling them a 1.5-point favorite. Marc Bona,, "Sports gambling Q&A: What the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling means," 15 May 2018 The very concept of favoritism is mainly derived from odds and betting, and the bookmakers, those unsentimental seekers of profit, have Spain at the top of their markets. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "With champion Germany out, who's the World Cup 'favorite' now?," 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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