- Also called standing martingale. part of the tack or harness of a horse, consisting of a strap that fastens to the girth, passes between the forelegs and through a loop in the neckstrap or hame, and fastens to the noseband: used to steady or hold down the horse's head.
- Also called running martingale. a similar device that divides at the chest into two branches, each ending in a ring through which the reins pass.
- Nautical. a stay for a jib boom or spike bowsprit.
- a system of gambling in which the stakes are doubled or otherwise raised after each loss.
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
"I bet you what you like you don't get in," said the young Marquis of Martingale.Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
Their bridle has but a simple snaffle-bit, and no martingale.The Prairie Traveler
Hoist up the martingale and rig it, and reeve the martingale stay and gaub-line.
The gaub lines or back ropes go from the martingale in-board.
- a strap from the reins to the girth of a horse preventing it from carrying its head too high
- any gambling system in which the stakes are raised, usually doubled, after each loss
- Also called: martingale boom nautical
- a chain or cable running from a jib boom to the dolphin striker, serving to counteract strain
- another term for dolphin striker
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.