bookmaker

noun
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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Other Words from bookmaker

bookmaking \ ˈbu̇k-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce bookmaking (audio) \ noun

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Patrick Vieira, Max Allegri, Luis Enrique and Diego Simeone have all been linked, with Buvač now in the race according to bookmakers. SI.com, "Arsenal's Head of Recruitment Keen for Club to Hire Liverpool Assistant as Arsene Wenger's Successor," 3 May 2018 Not a single bettor predicted Princess Eugenie's name before her birth in 1990, bookmakers William Hill told the Los Angeles Times at the time. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Expecting Their First Child," 15 Oct. 2018 British bookmakers had made the team 5,000-to-1 underdogs. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Leicester City Club Owner, Four Others Died in Helicopter Crash," 28 Oct. 2018 In the Arizona State hoops case, Las Vegas bookmakers reported suspicious betting activity when gamblers wagered about $900,000 against Arizona State in an early season contest against Washington. David Porter, The Seattle Times, "Easier gambling has sports worried about fighting the fix," 17 Sep. 2018 After a gambling agency challenged existing laws, a 2008 Australian High Court decision removed restrictions preventing bookmakers licensed in one jurisdiction from advertising in another. Dennis Passa, Fox News, "Gambling expert calls for WADA-style monitoring of athletes," 23 May 2018 Resorts and DraftKings, the daily fantasy sports company and recently minted bookmaker, have partnered for online sports betting since August. Wayne Parry, The Seattle Times, "DraftKings, Resorts fire latest shot in sport book arms race," 14 Nov. 2018 Some bookmakers are now offering odds on whether the 71-year-old will still be fronting the 2018 series of the 'The Apprentice' later this year. SI.com, "Lord Sugar Accused of Racism After 'Joke Picture' Tweet About the Senegal Team," 20 June 2018 When occasional fixing of games occurs, the bookmakers, noticing unusual trading patterns, notify the authorities. Reuven Brenner, WSJ, "Legal Gambling Can Be Good for Sports—and Even for Opera," 3 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of bookmaker

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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bookmaker

noun

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

bookmaker

noun
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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