pari-mu·​tu·​el | \ ˌper-i-ˈmyü-chə-wəl How to pronounce pari-mutuel (audio) , -chəl, ˌpa-ri-; -ˈmyüch-wəl \

Definition of pari-mutuel

1 : a betting pool in which those who bet on competitors finishing in the first three places share the total amount bet minus a percentage for the management
2 : a machine for registering the bets and computing the payoffs in pari-mutuel betting

First Known Use of pari-mutuel

1881, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for pari-mutuel

French pari mutuel, literally, mutual stake

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The first known use of pari-mutuel was in 1881

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“Pari-mutuel.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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