bookmaker


noun

  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.

noun

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

also book-maker, 1510s, “printer and binder of books,” from book (n.) + agent noun from make (v.). The wagering sense is from 1862. Related: Book-making (late 15c., betting sense 1824).

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