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bookmaker

[boo k-mey-ker] /ˈbʊkˌmeɪ kər/
noun
1.
a person who makes a business of accepting the bets of others on the outcome of sports contests, especially of horse races.
2.
a person who makes books.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English bokmakere. See book, maker
Related forms
bookmaking, noun, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bookmaking

bookmaker

/ˈbʊkˌmeɪkə/
noun
1.
a person who as an occupation accepts bets, esp on horseraces, and pays out to winning betters
Derived Forms
bookmaking, noun
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Word Origin and History for bookmaking

bookmaker

n.

also book-maker, 1510s, "printer and binder of books," from book (n.) + agent noun from make (v.). The wagering sense is from 1862. Related: Book-making (late 15c., betting sense 1824).

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