Etymology
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bookmaker (n.)

also book-maker, 1510s, "printer and binder of books," from book (n.) + agent noun from make (v.). The wagering sense of "professional bettor, one who takes bets on horse races, etc., calculates odds, and pays out winnings" is from 1862. Related: Book-making (late 15c., betting sense 1824).

updated on October 21, 2022

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