[ book-mey-ker ]
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  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 of bookmaker

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

Other words from bookmaker

  • bookmaking, noun, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bookmaker in a sentence

  • "I was telling the fellows to-day some of the things you told me about early bookmaking, Dad," remarked Paul.

    Paul and the Printing Press | Sara Ware Bassett

British Dictionary definitions for bookmaker


/ (ˈbʊkˌmeɪkə) /

  1. a person who as an occupation accepts bets, esp on horseraces, and pays out to winning betters

Derived forms of bookmaker

  • bookmaking, noun

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