martingale

noun
mar·​tin·​gale | \ ˈmär-tᵊn-ˌgāl How to pronounce martingale (audio) , -tiŋ- \

Definition of martingale

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
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 striker
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

Illustration of martingale

martingale 1

First Known Use of martingale

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for martingale

Middle French

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about martingale

Time Traveler for martingale

Time Traveler

The first known use of martingale was in 1584

See more words from the same year

Statistics for martingale

Cite this Entry

“Martingale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/martingale. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

Comments on martingale

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three bears two of them look like theyre whispering to a third bear who looks chuffed to be the center of attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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