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

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Reider documented his weekly collections and payments amounts in a notebook, both for himself and other bookmakers who used the betting websites through him. Eric Heisig,, "Feds seek forfeiture of Mentor-on-the-Lake house, say occupant ran gambling operation," 27 Aug. 2019 In February, a sudden surge of bets on McQueen caused London's bookmakers to suspend taking bets (in case a leak gave some punters unfair advantage) on that design house, still a favorite of Duchess Kate of Cambridge. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding: What we know and what we don't know," 28 Mar. 2018 Now that everything has shaken out, the Clippers, Lakers, Bucks, 76ers, Warriors, Rockets, Jazz, and Raptors are all favored ahead of your Celtics, who are at 25-1 odds with some bookmakers. Dan Shaughnessy,, "It’s time for the Red Sox to trade for a closer, and other thoughts," 6 July 2019 According to William Hill US, a sports betting bookmaker, the Pacers are sitting at 75/1 odds to win the NBA Championship next season. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers championship odds plummet following NBA free agency," 3 July 2019 As long as there are states that do not allow gambling, bookmakers will still have a job. Marc Bona,, "Sports gambling Q&A: What the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling means," 15 May 2018 What started out as a bit of a joke when news of Newcastle United's apparent takeover first appeared on our screens, Mbappé ended up as a serious target for the Magpies in the eyes of the bookmakers., "Transfer Rumours: 8 of the Downright Weirdest Stories So Far This Summer," 11 July 2019 British bookmakers were listing Auger-Aliassime at 25-1 odds to lift the Wimbledon trophy, behind only the top three seeds: No. Howard Fendrich,, "Just 18, Canada’s ‘FAA’ taking flight in Wimbledon’s men’s draw," 3 July 2019 The bookmakers pack up their computers and roll them away on dollies, leaving the lawn littered with betting slips. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "Hats Like Sneezes, Playing at Aristocracy and Other Notes From Royal Ascot," 24 June 2019

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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 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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