- a form of betting and of handling the betting on horse races at racetracks, in which those holding winning tickets divide the total amount bet in proportion to their wagers, less a percentage for the management, taxes, etc.
- Also called parimutuel machine. an electronic machine that registers bets in parimutuel betting as they are made and calculates and posts the changing odds and final payoffs.
Origin of pari-mutuel
1880–85; < French: literally, mutual bet
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- a system of betting in which those who have bet on the winners of a race share in the total amount wagered less a percentage for the management
- (as modifier)the pari-mutuel machine
C19: from French, literally: mutual wager
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