The strap of a horse's harness that connects the girth to the noseband and is designed to prevent the horse from throwing back its head.
(nautical) Any of several parts of standing rigging strengthening the bowsprit and jib boom against the force of the head stays.
(games) A method of gambling in which one doubles the stakes after each loss.
A loose half belt or strap placed on the back of a garment, such as a coat or jacket.
The strap of a horse's harness passing from the noseband to the girth between the forelegs, to keep the horse from rearing or throwing back its head.
A system of betting in which, after a losing wager, the amount bet is doubled or otherwise increased.
Origin of martingale
- French martingale from Provençal martegalo martingale rigging parts, martingale harness strap, game in which the stakes double after each loss from feminine of martegal person from the town of Martigues in southeast France (the game being so called from the reputation of the people of Martigues for naiveté and extravagance, due to the town's unconventional, isolated location on a canal linking a lagoon to the Mediterranean Sea)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- French martingale