Origin of martingale
Examples from the Web for martingale
Pray, Mrs. Felix Lorraine, can you tell me what a martingale is?Vivian Grey|Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
If you put the martingale on your bridoon rein you can no longer indicate approval.Riding Recollections, 5th ed.|G. J. Whyte-Melville
Major Martingale insists that it is, oh, frightfully important and that Germany is reaching out grabbing hands for it.
This gentleman had dismounted, and as he stood behind his horse arranging the martingale, he was for the moment unrecognisable.The Youth of Jefferson|J. E. Cooke.
I'm sure I can get old Martingale to let you write a letter.
British Dictionary definitions for martingale
- a chain or cable running from a jib boom to the dolphin striker, serving to counteract strain
- another term for dolphin striker
Word Origin for martingale
Word Origin and History for martingale
1580s, from Middle French martingale (16c.), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Provençal martegalo, fem. of martegal "inhabitant of Martigue," making the etymological sense "worn in the manner of the people of Martigue;" or perhaps from Spanish almartaga, word for a sort of halter or rein, from Arabic almartak, in which case it might have been influenced in form by the Provençal word.