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 "professional bettor" is from 1862. Related: Book-making (late 15c., betting sense 1824).

updated on July 09, 2017

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Definitions of bookmaker from WordNet

bookmaker (n.)
a maker of books; someone who edits or publishes or binds books;
bookmaker (n.)
a gambler who accepts and pays off bets (especially on horse races);
Synonyms: bookie
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