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

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Examples of martingale in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of martingale

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for martingale

Middle French

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“Martingale.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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