book·​mak·​er | \ ˈbu̇k-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce bookmaker (audio) \

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 How to pronounce bookmaking (audio) \ noun

Examples of bookmaker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s no value in betting the Roughnecks at -278, and the bookmakers know little more than fans heading into this first slate of XFL games. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks XFL odds, picks and best bets," 8 Feb. 2020 The former vice president spent the first half of last year as the front-runner, according to bookmakers, before being overtaken by Harris, the California senator, amid mounting Republican attacks about Biden's health, record in office, and family. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Biden becomes bookies' favorite for nomination but trails Trump in election odds," 9 Jan. 2020 An afternoon of local and regional artists, designers, printers, publishers, bookmakers, zine-sters and live printmaking, Spf'19 takes place noon-6 p.m. Saturday at Projects Gallery in FAT Village (521 NW First Ave. Ben Crandell,, "Weekend preview: The Wharf Fort Lauderdale opening, ‘Whiskey on Beer,’ Father Christmas in Boca Raton," 7 Nov. 2019 Another British bookmaker, William Hill, which put Thunberg at odds of 8/13, said Wednesday that 96% of Nobel Peace Prize bets had been placed on Thunberg. Rory Sullivan, CNN, "A schoolgirl, a prime minister and an indigenous leader: Meet the Nobel Peace Prize favorites," 10 Oct. 2019 Betty Linkoff was born in New York City on Nov. 19, 1920, to James Linkoff, a bookmaker, and Mae (Rosenberg) Linkoff, a homemaker. New York Times, "Betty Corwin, Who Preserved Theater’s Legacy, Dies at 98," 17 Sep. 2019 Having a league's official data serves as the last word for bettors and bookmakers. Khristopher J. Brooks, CBS News, "The new game in town for pro sports leagues: Selling stats," 8 Jan. 2020 FanDuel, DraftKings’s longtime fantasy sports rival, was sold to Irish bookmaker Paddy Power Betfair Plc last year. Fortune, "DraftKings Goes Public in $3.3 Billion Deal," 23 Dec. 2019 An American sports bookmaker has been found dead in Costa Rica, nearly a year after relatives paid kidnappers a $1 million ransom, a report said. Fox News, "American bookie found dead in Costa Rica year after kidnapping: report," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of bookmaker

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Bookmaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce bookmaker (audio) \

Legal Definition of bookmaker

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

called also bookie

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