martingale

play
noun mar·tin·gale \ˈmär-tən-ˌgāl, -tiŋ-\

Definition of martingale

  1. 1 :  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

  2. 2a :  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 strikerb :  dolphin striker

  3. 3 :  any of several systems of betting in which a player increases the stake usually by doubling each time a bet is lost

Illustration of martingale

Origin and Etymology of martingale

Middle French

Learn More about martingale


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up martingale? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!