Definition of bookmaker in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝okˌmākər/


A person who takes bets (especially on horse races), calculates odds, and pays out winnings.
Example sentences
  • UK bookmakers, casinos and betting shops make billions of pounds every year.
  • The most popular bet is on first goal scorer but it's a typical bookmaker taking bets on horse racing and other sorts of shenanigans too.
  • And the major bookmakers have cut the horse's price after sustained backing from punters in recent days.



Pronunciation: /ˈbo͝okˌmākiNG/
Example sentences
  • There are around 8,200 betting shops in UK so bookmaking is a substantial business, important to the British economy.
  • Forbes would list some if their core business were not gambling and bookmaking.
  • The company said it wants to move spread betting away from bookmaking and geared toward private investors and small institutions.

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Syllabification: book·mak·er

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