mar·​tin·​gale ˈmär-tᵊn-ˌgāl How to pronounce martingale (audio)
: a device for steadying a horse's head or checking its upward movement that typically consists of a strap fastened to the girth, passing between the forelegs, and bifurcating to end in two rings through which the reins pass
: a lower stay of rope or chain for the jibboom used to sustain the strain of the forestays and fastened to or rove through the dolphin striker
: any of several systems of betting in which a player increases the stake usually by doubling each time a bet is lost

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Examples of martingale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unlike the martingale betting strategy, the Kelly criterion works in practice and proves its worth as a mainstay of quantitative finance. Jack Murtagh, Scientific American, 10 Aug. 2023 Things to Consider When Buying a Dog Training Collar Type As Nave-Powers explains, there are a few types of dog training collars, including shock collars, prongs, choke chains, slip collars, martingales, electronic collars, and pagers, like the Petrainer Dog Training Collar. Theresa Holland, Peoplemag, 17 July 2023 But it’s a party in back with a low martingale (a sort of strap) that gives it a gathered look. Marisa Meltzer, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2023 For the test, dogs may wear buckle, slip, or martingale collars with leashes made of fabric webbing or leather, and owners supply a comb or brush. Iris Katz,, 20 Mar. 2021 In a matter of seconds, the martingale could deliver dizzying jackpots or, equally as often, ruination. Frederick Kaufman, The New Yorker, 19 Mar. 2021 Also referred to as a limited- or no-slip collars, a martingale is designed to constrict when a dog pulls on its leash, but never so tightly as to cause harm when properly fitted. Cindy Cantrell,, 12 Mar. 2021

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Word History


Middle French

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of martingale was in 1584

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“Martingale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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