[ boo k-mey-ker ]
/ ˈbʊkˌmeɪ kər /


a person who makes a business of accepting the bets of others on the outcome of sports contests, especially of horse races.
a person who makes books.

Origin of bookmaker

First recorded in 1375–1425, bookmaker is from the late Middle English word bokmakere. See book, maker

Related forms

book·mak·ing, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bookmaking


/ (ˈbʊkˌmeɪkə) /


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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