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 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 BetMGM’s bookmakers are expecting a high-scoring affair, setting the Over/Under at 69 points. Ryan R. Bonini, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "2020 National Championship Game odds: LSU early favorite over Clemson," 30 Dec. 2019 Mr Zadrozny, whom bookmakers consider the favourite to win the seat, is well-known locally for reasons good and bad. The Economist, "Ashfield, the strangest seat in Britain’s election," 21 Nov. 2019 Despite lobbying from sports leagues, only Tennessee and Illinois passed laws that mandate bookmakers buy and use official league data to determine certain wagers. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "Sports Betting Has Arrived to Transform the N.F.L. Or Not.," 4 Sep. 2019 The current favorite for the role, bookmaker Ladbrokes told CNN, is Jim Broadbent -- who's closely followed by fellow Oscar winner Gary Oldman. Rob Picheta, CNN, "From Olivia Colman to Imelda Staunton? What the next cast of 'The Crown' could look like," 23 Nov. 2019 Senior Labor Party figures Craig Emerson and Jay Weatherill on Thursday released their report on the reasons why their center-left party lost the May election against the expectations of opinions polls, bookmakers and most federal lawmakers. Washington Post, "Australia defeated party urged to keep strong climate policy," 7 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of bookmaker

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Jan 2020

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“Bookmaker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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How to pronounce bookmaker (audio)

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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